The Malik Report
by George Malik on 06/02/11 at 10:10 PM ET
This afternoon, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced that Edmonton Sun columnist Terry Jones and Detroit Red Wings color commentator Mickey Redmond would join the Hockey Hall of Fame this November, with Redmond earning the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his work as a broadcaster. Redmond is, of course, both humbled and thrilled by the news, as he told the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan...
“This completely surprised me,” Redmond said Thursday afternoon from Traverse City. “It’s quite an honor. I’ve been blessed.”
Redmond had his playing career abruptly cut short because of a back surgery. Then he began a career as one of the best hockey color analysts in the business. Redmond, 63, has been a broadcaster since 1979, beginning with ON Detroit, doing Red Wings games. He then went to Hockey Night In Canada (1980-85), and has been with the Red Wings since 1986 (with brief stints on ESPN early during that span).
“All these years, I’ve never met a bad person,” Redmond said. “I’ve been so fortunate to work with some of the best ever (Dick Irvin, Danny Gallavin, Bob Cole, Dan Kelly, Mike Emerick). (The broadcasting) just came about because of the injury.”
Redmond has spent the last 15 seasons with the Wings alongside Ken Daniels.
“We have the best seat in the house,” Redmond said. “It doesn’t get any better. It’s been a great relationship.”
Said Daniels of Redmond: “The best (partner) I could ever ask for. You listen to Mickey from the very first night he started broadcasting, you listen to the classic Hockey Night In Canada broadcasts, and he hasn’t changed. He was a natural from the start.”
And the Detroit Free Press’s James Jahnke [edit: and Steve Schrader]:
Detroit Red Wings analyst Mickey Redmond didn’t see it coming, the news that he’s this year’s recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.
“Oh, God, no,” Redmond said today. “It was a complete surprise. I’m used to coming and going, doing my job, enjoying the game, loving my job and just leaving things alone. This caught me completely by surprise, completely off-guard.”
“It’s a great feeling to be able to continue the Redmond family tradition in the great game of hockey,” he said. “My dad played in the Quebec league, my brother (Dick) spent 13 years in the National Hockey League as well, and my mom probably forgot more about hockey than most people know. It was really good when a couple of words in that statement were ‘for contributions to the game of hockey.’ That’s where my heart lies, so it felt really good to see that.”
And what did he do to earn the award?
“You might ask other people that,” Redmond laughed. “I don’t know why I’m getting it. Maybe I’ve been around so long, I don’t know.”
“I love the game and being around the players, the whole team,” Redmond said. “It’s been a wonderful life for me and my family to be a part of all these years.”
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