A new season brings about changes and one for the Ferris State University men's ice hockey program will be the Bulldogs' captain for the 2010-11 campaign as senior defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) has been tabbed to occupy the all-important leadership role. The announcement was made by FSU men's ice hockey head coach Bob Daniels.
With the selection, Redmond becomes the 39th individual in the Ferris State program's history to wear the captain's 'C' on his game sweater.
Redmond, a 2009-10 All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Second-Team honoree, was recently selected to the CCHA Preseason All-Conference First Team for the upcoming 2010-11 campaign. The preseason recognition marked the third consecutive season in which the Bulldog defender has earned such accolades as he attained honorable mention kudos in the previous two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10).
This past 2009-10 season, Redmond finished fourth on the squad in scoring with a career season-best 27 points on six goals and 21 assists, which tied career single-season highs, in 40 contests. The 6-2, 205-pound blueliner not only recorded a plus five efficiency rating, but also accumulated a team-leading 67 blocked shots to go with five power-play goals and three game-winning lamplighters a season ago en route to garnering second-team kudos by MichiganCollegeHockey.com (MiCHO). Redmond, who earned CCHA Defenseman of the Week recognition three times (Oct. 26, Dec. 14, and Jan. 11) last season, chalked up a team fourth-most tying five multiple-point game performances and generated a squad third-most tying two multi-assist game efforts in 2009-10. The 2008-09 FSU Most Valuable Player Award recipient generated at least a point in 21 of the team's 40 2009-10 season outings. He completed this past season tied for 32nd place among the CCHA's overall points leaders while tying for 21st place in assists on the league's overall statistical leaders list.
In 115 career contests as a Bulldog, Redmond has presently amassed 70 points on 15 goals with 55 assists. He also has nettted eight power-play lamplighters, one short-handed goal, four game-winning tallies, 176 blocked shots, and 13 multi-point games to go with a plus 19 efficiency rating. A two-time (2008-09 and 2009-10) FSU Dean's Academic Award recipient, Redmond has etched his name among Ferris State's all-time top defensemen by currently ranking 12th in career assists, 13th in points, and 16th in goals.
The Ferris State skater was drafted in the 2008 National Hockey League's (NHL) Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers with the 184th overall pick in the seventh round.
Redmond and his Bulldog teammates officially start the 2010-11 season this Thursday (Oct. 7) evening versus the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers in Huntsville, Ala. Both contests of the season-opening two-game non-league series (Oct. 7-8) will commence at 7:05 p.m. (CDT).