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Michael Edward Redmond (born December 27, 1947)[1] is a former professional hockey player. He is currently a color analyst for Detroit Red Wings games on television for Fox Sports Detroit.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Redmond played right wing for the Montreal Canadiens from 1967-1971, winning Stanley Cups with them in 1968 and 1969. He scored 27 goals for the Canadiens in the 1969–70 season.

Halfway through the 1970–71 NHL season he was traded to the Red Wings in a deal that sent superstar Frank Mahovlich to Montreal. His promise was fulfilled the season following, when he scored 42 goals on a line centered by veteran star Alex Delvecchio.

In 1972–1973, Redmond became the seventh player in NHL history and the first Red Wing player to score fifty goals in a season. He finished a career year with 52 goals and 93 points, surpassing Gordie Howe's team record of 49. Redmond's record would stand until John Ogrodnick tallied 55 goals during the 1985 season. Delvecchio retired early in the 1973–74 season to become the team's coach, and Redmond was moved onto a line with budding superstar Marcel Dionne. Redmond's success continued, and he became only the third player to achieve back to back fifty goal seasons with 51 goals (including an NHL leading 21 power play goals).

In the 1974–75 season Redmond sustained a back injury and played only 29 games. His back woes continued the following year; after 37 games he retired early at the age of 28. He had been named to the league's First All-Star Team in 1973, the Second Team in 1974, and he played in one All-Star Game in 1974.

Redmond's younger brother Dick was an NHL defenseman. He played thirteen seasons, primarily with the Chicago Black Hawks and the Boston Bruins.

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1963–64 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 53 21 17 38 26 4 1 2 3 2
1964–65 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 52 23 20 43 30 12 1 9 10 11
1965–66 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 48 41 51 92 31 6 4 1 5 6
1966–67 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 48 51 44 95 44 6 2 5 6 14
1966–67 Houston Apollos CPHL 5 3 2 5 2
1967–68 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 6 5 11 4 2 0 0 0 0
1967–68 Houston Apollos CPHL 15 9 8 17 9
1968–69 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 9 15 24 12 14 2 3 5 2
1969–70 Montreal Canadiens NHL 75 27 27 54 61
1970–71 Montreal Canadiens NHL 40 14 15 29 35
1970–71 Detroit Red Wings NHL 21 6 8 14 7
1971–72 NHL 78 42 29 71 34
1972–73 NHL 76 52 41 93 24
1973–74 NHL 76 51 26 77 14
1974–75 NHL 29 15 12 27 18
1975–76 NHL 37 11 17 28 10
NHL totals 538 233 195 428 219 16 2 3 5 2

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1972 Canada SS 1 0 0 0 0

Broadcasting[edit | edit source]

After his playing career ended, Redmond became a popular color commentator on television. His television stops include CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, ESPN National Hockey Night, NHL on Fox and for most of his broadcasting career, local television coverage of the Red Wings with play-by-play announcers Dave Strader, Mike Goldberg and (currently) Ken Daniels. His catchphrases are referred to by fans as "Mickeyisms". In one memorable string Mickey used the following to describe a scramble in the crease- "Ten hungry lumberjacks, one pork chop left on the plate, and who should come up with it but Brett Hull!"

Redmond was a frequent guest on Drew and Mike In the Morning on WRIF. Redmond provided in-studio pre- and post-game commentary for WXYZ when ABC broadcast NHL games that featured the Red Wings, and currently does the same on NBC-broadcast Wings games for WDIV.

Redmond only does commentary for home games and away games with short trips, due to having coeliac disease[2] and the difficulty of finding gluten-free meals over an extended trip. In those cases, his duties are covered by Chris Osgood or Larry Murphy.[3]

In 2011, Redmond was the recipient of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Foster Hewitt Memorial Award. The award is an award named after Foster Hewitt and presented by the Hockey Hall of Fame to members of the radio and television industry who make outstanding contributions to their profession and the game of ice hockey during their broadcasting career. The award winners are selected by the NHL Broadcasters' Association.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Brudenell, Mike. "BINGO BANGO! - MICK LIGHTS IT UP AS WINGS BROADCASTER", The Detroit Free Press, 22 Jan 2008, p. 6D. 
  • Kulfan, Ted. "Redmond's Mickeyisms score with fans: Expressions of TV analyst for Wings can mean lots of things", The Detroit News, 15 Dec 1999, p. 1B. 

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