Winnipeg Jets defenceman Zach Redmond was taken by ambulance to hospital Thursday morning after having the back of his leg cut by a teammate’s skate in a post-practice on-ice accident.
"What took place is we were trying to get our extra players conditioned and there was a one-on-one battle at the net where he tripped up and landed on his back," said Jets head coach Claude Noel. "The player that was tied up with him happened to step on him and cut him just above the back of the knee. It’s a fairly wide cut. They’re taking him to the hospital and we’ll see what the diagnosis is when they take a look at him."
Most of the team was already in the visitors’ dressing room at PNC Arena when the accident occurred and when the seriousness became evident, a number rushed back out to see what had taken place. Those that were on the ice, including Antti Miettinen and Anthony Peluso, had blood on their socks and jerseys when they did leave the ice after Redmond was taken away by ambulance.
The area where the accident occurred, right in front of the net, was covered with a considerable amount of blood.
"He lost a fair bit of blood and he’s in some pain," said Noel. "It looks like it’s a vein. It cut him through the sock… I don’t know if it cut through the pant, but there was a fair amount of a loss of blood there quickly and we got it tied up and put pressure on it. He’ll be fine."