Jets' Zach Redmond returns to action with IceCaps

Jets defenceman Zach Redmond celebrates a goal against the Maple Leafs at the MTS Centre in...

Jets defenceman Zach Redmond celebrates a goal against the Maple Leafs at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Feb. 7, 2013. (FRED GREENSLADE/Reuters)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:27 AM ET

Zach Redmond's lightning quick recovery from a sliced femoral artery will reach its conclusion this weekend.

The Winnipeg Jets this afternoon assigned the rookie defenceman to the AHL's St. John's IceCaps for a conditioning stint, and the plan is for him to play two of the team's last three regular-season games.

Redmond suffered a severed femoral artery and cut nerves in his right thigh when teammate Antti Miettinen accidentally stepped on him during the morning skate in Raleigh, N.C., on Feb. 21.

Redmond, who could have died if not for the quick actions of his teammates and the Jets training staff, lost a lot of blood and underwent emergency surgery that afternoon. He spent a week in hospital before returning to his family home in Michigan.

He was back on the ice in Winnipeg two weeks ago, and the team's training staff declared last week he had regained 90% of his strength.

The IceCaps play one games in Hamilton and two in Toronto this weekend to close out their AHL season. They will not make the playoffs.


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