Zach Redmond scores by simply being alive

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On a roster filled with young talent and top prospects, the Amerks’ leading goal scorer is a 30-year old defenseman.

“When you’re hot, you’re hot,” smiled CJ Smith.

“We want him to keep shooting. I don’t know what else he can do. He just keeps scoring,” smerked Amerks captain Kevin Porter.

“No, I’m not surprised,” laughed Smith. “You guys can be surprised but I’m not surprised.”

But is Redmond suprised by his sudden scoring success?

“The pace that they’re going in is maybe a little bit different… but I’ll take it,” grinned Redmond.

His next goal will set a franchise record for goals in a season by an Amerks defenseman.

“It’s not something I’ve given a whole lot of thought to but it is pretty cool. I’ve never done anything like that indiviually,” said Redmond.

There were plenty of bumps along the way to this record setting season for Redmond.

When he was fifteen Redmond suffered a stroke and had to relearn how to walk and talk.

Then in 2013 he had his femoral artey cut in his leg by the skate of a teammate during practice.

Remond lost half the blood in his body and required 200 stitches. Doctors gave him a 50/50 chance if he would play hockey again.

“It was like should I keep doing this. You kinda have to step back and think what’s this all about,” he said.

Redmond says his career has had ups and downs adding, “To have those couple setbacks to put things into perspective have probably helped me in the long run.”

“It’s definatly something I remind myself of everyday or every game even. It’s super easy to take anything for granted,” smiled Redmond.

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