Angus Redmond Goes Pro After Freshman Season
Michigan Tech freshman goaltender Angus Redmond signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks the team announced Friday evening. Redmond just completed his freshman season with the Huskies.
Redmond, a native of Langley, British Columbia, appeared in 38 games for the Huskies in 2016-17, starting the final 37. He ranked third in the country, and second in the WCHA, with a 1.85 goals against average. His .917 save percentage was fifth in the league and 20th in the nation and he was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team.
"Playing professional hockey has always been a dream of mine," Redmond said. "This was my dream and it was right in front of me. Michigan Tech gave me the opportunity and has been a great place to develop my game so that I'm ready for the next level.
"I owe a ton to the coaching staff. They gave me a chance to be 'the guy' this year. Mel's been a great coach to me and helped me along with any struggles I've had this year. I can't thank him enough for all that he's done. I worked a lot with Joe (Shawhan) this year, especially at the beginning of the season when I didn't play those first couple of weeks. It was a struggle, but he knew what I needed to do to be successful. Gary (Shuchuk) always had different competitions with me in practice to keep me motivated to keep pucks out of the net."
Redmond had a record of 22-10-5, good for a .662 winning percentage (second in the WCHA and 13th nationally). His 22 wins were tied for ninth in the nation and set a Michigan Tech record for wins by a freshman goaltender.
"First off, I congratulate Angus on signing with Anaheim," Tech Coach Mel Pearson said. "I know it's a dream of his to play in the NHL, and he has decided to start that journey.
"We thank him for the outstanding year that he gave us, and we wish him success as he pursues his NHL dreams. Even though it was a short stay, Angus provided our team and fans with many memorable moments."
"The two things I'll miss the most are my teammates and the fans," added Redmond. "I got really close with the other freshmen and it'll be tough to leave them. The fans really rallied around me this year and the whole 'Beef' thing really took off.
Redmond reported to the San Diego Gulls in the AHL. The team has six games remaining on its regular season schedule, including four games against Matt Roy's Ontario Reign.
"I want to go to San Diego and prove to them that I belong — for however long this season lasts," said Redmond. "Then I want to have a good summer of training and go into camp and show that I can make the next step and compete for a job."
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