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Jets’ Redmond has ‘miraculous’ return to ice after life-threatening skate cut

Six weeks after suffering a potentially career-ending injury, Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Redmond is back skating.

And it’s nothing short of a miracle.

That’s what the Jets’ team doctor said, telling the Winnipeg Free Press that Redmond’s recovery from a lacerated femoral artery is one for the medical journals.

“It’s nothing short of a miracle considering what’s he’s been through,” said Dr. Peter McDonald. “We’re all aware of what happened.

“Considering the magnitude of the injury and the insult, not only to the leg but the whole body, it’s quite miraculous.”

McDonald said the injury — which occurred in late February after Antti Miettinen‘s skate sliced open Redmond’s leg during a pregame skate in Carolina — was life-threatening, and there was only a 50-50 chance he would return to play hockey.

Talk about a turnaround in fortunes.

Redmond is now “highly probable” to participate in Winnipeg’s training camp this fall, and could return to full team activities even sooner.

The former Ferris State standout recently returned to Winnipeg after an extended stay in a Raleigh hospital, and McDonald said he’s stunned at how quickly Redmond, 24, has regained his muscle strength.

“We just did strength tests on [Redmond] and the leg is performing at 75 per cent, which is incredible considering all the muscles in his inner thigh were severed,” he explained. “They seem to be healed up fine and there are no residual problems that we can detect.

“He’s had a positive attitude the whole time and he’s a great kid. It’s really just incredible.”

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And even better news, he'd heading to the AHL for a conditioning stint so he's getting ready to play in the NHL again:

Two months after horrific injury, Jets’ Redmond returning to play

Talk about your remarkable comeback stories.

On Feb. 21, Jets defenseman Zach Redmond suffered a lacerated femoral artery and lost nearly two pints of blood after a skate cut from teammate Antti Miettinen.

Today, it was announced he’s ready to play.

Redmond has been sent to AHL St. John’s on a conditioning assignment, the team announced on Wednesday.

It marks one of the final steps in a ‘miraculous’ recovery from an injury that put Redmond’s chances of return to pro hockey at 50-50, according to Jets team physician Dr. Peter McDonald.

“It’s nothing short of a miracle considering what’s he’s been through,” McDonald said. “We’re all aware of what happened.

“Considering the magnitude of the injury and the insult, not only to the leg but the whole body, it’s quite miraculous.”

At the time of the incident, Jets head athletic therapist said Redmond’s laceration was “easily the most grave incident” he’s been a part of during his 12-year career.

That picture [the one in the OP] is the result of some critical response on the part of medical officials and intense rehab from Redmond, who spent significant time in a Raleigh hospital before returning to Winnipeg for testing — and a nice standing ovation from Jets fans.

McDonald couldn’t believe how quickly the 24-year-old rebuilt the strength in his leg.

“We did strength tests on [Redmond] and the leg is performing at 75 per cent, which is incredible considering all the muscles in his inner thigh were severed,” McDonald said in early April. “They seem to be healed up fine and there are no residual problems that we can detect.”

Prior to getting hurt, Redmond was enjoying a successful rookie campaign, scoring 1G-3A-4PTS in eight games while averaging 19:35 time on ice per contest.

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