Nashville, Tenn. (June 27, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has hired former NHL All-Star defenseman Wade Redden as the team’s assistant director of player development. In his role, Redden will assist Director of Player Development Scott Nichol in following and evaluating prospects drafted by Nashville, assisting them with their maturation process into NHL players by focusing on nutrition, off-ice workouts and conditioning, practice habits and game performance.
Redden, 39, amassed 457 points (109g-348a) in 1,023 career NHL games with Ottawa, the New York Rangers, St. Louis and Boston from 1996-2013. The second overall selection in the 1996 Entry Draft was named to a pair of All-Star Games in 2002 and 2004, led all NHL blueliners in goals during the 2003-04 campaign, and topped the entire League in plus/minus rating in 2005-06. The Lloydminster, Sask., native advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs 12 times in his 14 seasons, amassing 49 points (13g-36a) in 106 postseason contests and helping Ottawa reach the 2007 Stanley Cup Final.
Internationally, Redden helped Canada claim the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, strike gold at the 1995 and 1996 World Junior Championships and earn a silver medal at the 2005 World Championship while being named the tournament's best defenseman. He also played in the 2006 Torino Olympics and both the 1999 and 2001 World Championships. Redden enjoyed a decorated junior career with the Brandon Wheat Kings from 1993-96, helping the Wheat Kings to the 1996 WHL title, being named to the 1996 Memorial Cup All-Tournament Team. In 1994, he won the Jim Piggott Trophy as WHL Rookie of the Year.