Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Keith Redmond
Keith Redmond, a promising left winger, had his career destroyed by a disease. Redmond, selected 79th overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, lost almost everything to alcohol. Keith was already drinking at 14 years old and fooling people. His natural talent kept others fro m noticing the trouble within the player. By 1991, when he was drafted, he had completed a year of Bowling Green but following his selection Redmond dropped out to play in the OHL.

In 1992 he attended the Kings training camp and played most of the season for Phoenix. Wearing #20 he attended the 1993 camp. This time he drew more notice which prompted a call up later in the season. A slew of injuries to the Stanley Cup runner-up meant the Kings were without Wayne Gretzky, Marty McSorley, Tony Granato, Dave Taylor, Doug Houda and Robert Lang as the playoffs approached. It was under this condition that Keith Redmond recorded his first and only NHL point. The undermanned Kings went to St. Louis to play the Blues on April 7, 1994 with Redmond on a line with Jari Kurri. With 1:37 remaining in the game, Keith scored for the Kings, with Kurri and Alexei Zhitnik drawing assists. In spite of his goal, Redmond was drinking heavier than ever. The 1994-95 season saw him placed back in the " I" with Phoenix.

On February 17, 1995, an ill-timed penalty by Redmond brought the ire of Phoenix coach Rob Laird. Keith reacted to the tongue-lashing by dropping the 160-pound coach with three punches. Kings' GM Sam McMaster could only say, " It's something I hope is behind us. Emotional things happen after games. Words were exchanged." Redmond continued with Phoenix for two more seasons. The alcoholism meant he was losing more and more games to the disease and eventually it removed him from the sport in 1996.Fortunately, Keith Redmond happened upon a recovery house in the Vancouver area called the Launching Pad. Said Redmond: " I was beat up enough that I was willing to do whatever it took to get sober. That was my dream" With the support of the Launching Pad staff he put the disease into remission and restarted his life.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Nepean Raiders ON-Jr.A 59 3 12 15 110
1989-90 Nepean Raiders ON-Jr.A 40 14 10 24 169
1990-91 Bowling Green University CCHA 35 1 3 4 72
1991-92 Bowling Green University CCHA 8 0 0 0 14
1991-92 Belleville Bulls OHL 16 1 7 8 52
1991-92 Detroit Compuware Ambassadors OHL 25 6 12 18 61 7 1 3 4 49
1992-93 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 53 6 10 16 285
1992-93 Muskegon Fury ColHL 4 1 0 1 46
1993-94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 12 1 0 1 20 -3
1993-94 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 43 8 10 18 196
1994-95 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 20 0 3 3 81 6 2 1 3 29
1995-96 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 34 5 3 8 164 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 12 1 0 1 20


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