Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Craig Redmond
From the moment Craig Redmond hit the ice, he had promise written all over his little sweater. At age four, his skating ability and hockey prowess were so pronounced that the CBC profiled him on Hockey Night in Canada. And on a humourous note, the Winnipeg Jets of the WHL announced that they had signed the little gaffer to their lineup, sparking accusations of exploitation against the club's management.

It took a few years, but Redmond did finally make the BCJHL with the Abbotsford Flyers in 1980-81. After searing a path of scoring across the league, he jumped to the University of Denver for a season and then on to the Canadian National Team. With the Nationals, Redmond received a strong assessment from the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau that rated him as a top offensive defenseman. Many big-league clubs liked his looks, but Redmond didn't necessarily like all of theirs. He and his family drafted letters and sent them to clubs he didn't approve of, warning them not to draft him or he would return to school instead. After the dust settled, the Los Angeles Kings eventually secured his rights in 1984.

But in L.A., the club's management wanted Redmond to play a more physical style game. That, however, was not Redmond's idea of the best way to utilize his talents. He struggled through three uneasy seasons, the third of which was greatly limited by injuries. On the rebound in 1987, he was dispatched to play for New Haven of the AHL. Redmond, however, refused to report to the club and was suspended for the remainder of the campaign.

The following year he was claimed on waivers by the Edmonton Oilers where he lasted for only 21 games before being sent back to the AHL. This time he accepted his demotion until the end of the season and then dropped into a six-year retirement.

In 1995-96, he attempted a comeback with the Cape Breton Oilers of the AHL and the Atlanta Knights of the IHL that lasted only one season. He then retired for good.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Abbotsford Flyers BCJHL 40 15 22 37
1981-82 Abbotsford Flyers BCJHL 45 30 76 106 41
1982-83 University of Denver WCHA 34 16 38 54 44
1983-84 Canada Nat-Tm 55 10 11 21 38
1983-84 Canada Olympics 7 2 0 2 4
1984-85 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 6 33 39 57 -8 3 1 0 1 2
1985-86 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 6 18 24 57 -34
1985-86 Canada WEC-A 10 3 2 5 16
1986-87 Los Angeles Kings NHL 16 1 7 8 8 -1
1986-87 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 5 2 2 4 6
1987-88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -4
1987-88 New Haven Nighthawks AHL
1988-89 Denver Rangers IHL 10 0 13 13 6
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 21 3 10 13 12 -10
1988-89 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 44 13 22 35 28
1989-1995
1995-96 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 43 2 18 20 80
1995-96 Atlanta Knights IHL 25 0 5 5 18 3 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 191 16 68 84 134 3 1 0 1 2


WCHA - Freshman of the Year (1983) Suspended by Los Angeles for refusing to report to New Haven (AHL), October 15, 1987. Traded to Edmonton by Los Angeles for John Miner, August 10, 1988. Claimed by NY Rangers from Edmonton in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1988. Claimed on waivers by Edmonton from NY Rangers, November 1, 1988.
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