Hurricanes trainers recount Jets' Zach Redmond's accident

Carolina Hurricanes head athletic therapist Pete Friesen (left) and assistant athletic therapist...

Carolina Hurricanes head athletic therapist Pete Friesen (left) and assistant athletic therapist Doug Bennett played a role in helping save Winnipeg Jets defenceman Zach Redmond's life after his femoral artery was cut at PNC Arena on Feb. 21, 2013.

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:29 AM ET

RALEIGH - Every member of the Winnipeg Jets organization who was at PNC Arena on Feb. 21 is unlikely to ever forget that day.

That's when rookie defenceman Zach Redmond suffered a severed femoral artery in his right leg when teammate Antti Miettinen accidentally stepped on his thigh during Winnipeg's morning skate. It was a serious enough injury that Redmond could have died, but the quick actions of Winnipeg's training staff, coaches and players helped save his life.

They weren't the only ones who sprung into action, though. Two members of the Carolina Hurricanes training staff also rushed to Redmond's aid that day.

Head athletic trainer Pete Friesen and his assistant, Doug Bennett, were wrapping up their duties in Carolina's training room that morning, getting ready to go to lunch, when Canes defenceman Jay Harrison came to their room and told them somebody had cut their leg on the ice.

There wasn't too much urgency in Harrison's voice, but little did he know Redmond was on his way to losing one fifth of his blood supply. Friesen and Bennett headed to the ice, and they were shocked by the scene.


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