from Wright Wilson at the Detroir Free Press,
Mickey Redmond has been around hockey so long that it seems everyone has a story or two to share.
Scotty Bowman got to know Redmond 61 years ago, when he was coaching juniors in Peterborough, Ontario, and Mickey was the 14-year-old stick boy. Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne was Redmond’s roommate when both were young Red Wings players. Ken Daniels has been his broadcast partner for 23 years.
With a crew like that — along with broadcasters John Davidson, Doc Emrick and Jim Ralph, coach Mike Babcock, and comedian Ian Bagg — there are bound to be some Redmond stories that are zingers. And many of them were made public Saturday evening at Sound Board in Motor City Casino, when Redmond was the guest of honor at the inaugural Jamie Daniels Foundation Celebrity Roast, a fundraiser for the non-profit group that was established after Daniels' son, Jamie, died of a drug overdose in 2016.
"(Redmond is) Jed Clampett, he’s the Beverly Hillbillies, of course he’s an easy target,” Daniels said. “That’s OK, because he doesn’t care. I don’t think anybody’s going to be really mean, it’s all in fun. Yeah, he’s an easy target. He always used to say, ‘Goalies are an easy target; you’ve got to shoot at their head.’ That’s why (retired goalie) John Davidson is here. He said, ‘That ass shot at my head for as long as he did, sure, I’ll roast him!’ ”