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It Was 51 Years Ago That Mickey Redmond Joined the Red Wings

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Jan. 13, 1971, saw the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens engineer a trade that saw Mickey Redmond join the Red Wings. He's never left.

Mickey Redmond came up through the Montreal Canadiens system and won two Stanley Cups with the Habs. Yet if you ask him, he’ll tell the luckiest moment of his hockey career came on Jan. 13, 1971, when he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings.

Originally, though, it sure didn’t feel that way.

“Coming to Detroit was not a fun thing at first, because they were buried so far down they couldn’t see up,” Redmond recalled in the book 50 Greatest Red Wings. “But it gave me an opportunity to play full-time and to display my wares.”

Redmond made franchise history by becoming the Red Wings’ first 50-goal scorer in 1972-73. But it was his move into the broadcast booth in 1980 that cemented his legend as a Red Wings cultural icon.

He was originally working national games for Hockey Night In Canada as well as Red Wings broadcasts. Redmond’s opting to move to Detroit full-time in 1985 assured his legacy in Hockeytown.

“When the Red Wings separated their television and radio was when I was asked to come here full-time. Of course it was an easy decision to make,” Redmond said. “I think having been part of two Original Six teams is the memory I’ll always carry. And to still be part of this one, with so much history, is as good as it gets.

“I never thought that one day I’d be behind the microphone for this length of time. And having as much fun as I do.”

Red Wings Recall Criscuolo

For the third time this season, the Red Wings summoned center Kyle Criscuolo from AHL Grand Rapids. He didn’t dress for Thursday’s 3-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

The Red Wings also were returning forward/defenseman Luke Witkowski from the taxi squad to GR.

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Robert Alpiner

Mickey was buried so far on the depth chart for Canadiens that I remember him stating he did not play an entire Stanley Cup playoff game, finally played during the overtime period (probably because his teammates were tired and he was fresh), scored the winning goal in overtime and was named first star of the game for only playing a few minutes in the game. The right wingers in front of him were Yvan Cournoyer, Claude Provost and Bobby Rousseau, all great players. At that point, he was not better than them. Thus, the trade to Detroit was a blessing.

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