Halfway through the 1970-71 NHL season he was traded to the Red Wings in a deal that sent superstar Frank Mahovlich to Montreal. His promise was fulfilled the season following, when he scored 42 goals on a line centered by veteran star Alex Delvecchio.
In 1972-1973, Redmond became the seventh player in NHL history to score fifty goals in a season. He finished with 52 goals, surpassing Gordie Howe's team record, which would stand until John Ogrodnick broke it in 1985, and achieved his career high point total with 93. Delvecchio retired early in the 1973-1974 season to become the team's coach, and Redmond was moved onto a line with budding superstar Marcel Dionne. Redmond's success continued, and he became only the third player to achieve back to back fifty goal seasons with 51 goals (including an NHL leading 21 power play goals).
In the 1974-1975 season Redmond sustained a back injury and played only 29 games. His back woes continued the following year, robbing him of effectiveness; after 37 games he retired early at the age of 28. He had been named to the league's First All-Star Team in 1973, the Second Team in 1974, and he played in one NHL All-Star Game.
After his playing career ended, Redmond became a popular color analyst on television. His television stops include CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, the NHL on ESPN, The NHL on FOX and for most of his broadcasting career, local television coverage of the Red Wings with play-by-play announcers Dave Strader and (currently) Ken Daniels.
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|Aurie | Lewis | Goodfellow | Young | S. Howe | Abel | Bruneteau | Hollett | Lindsay | Kelly | G. Howe | Delvecchio | Libett | Berenson | Bergman | Harris | Redmond | Johnston | Dionne | Grant | Harper | Polonich | Maloney | Hextall | Woods | McCourt | Thompson | Larson | Gare | Yzerman | Lidström|