The Creston Valley Thunder Cats announced the signing of forward Adam Redding on Wednesday. The Spokane, Washington native is the younger brother of former Cats GM and Head Coach, Nick Redding. A relationship that helped Adam figure out his future.
“It definitely influenced my decision, just being able to be around the program and know what it’s all about.”
It was a decision that had to be delayed due to a global pandemic leaving the KIJHL’s American-born players unable to cross the border and compete in the 2020-2021 season. As a result, Redding followed his brother Nick to the West Coast Renegades of the North American Prospects Hockey League where he put up a respectable 20 points (10G-10A) in 35 games.
A self-described “playmaker that can score here and there”, Redding also values his competitive spirit and physicality. Just two of many tools TCats current GM and Head Coach Bill Rotheisler keyed in on when scouting the 17-year-old.
“His hockey IQ combined with his high skill and character made him a top target for us,” Rotheisler said via text. “Our organization has been working on this longer than even I’ve been here. We are thrilled to be in a spot to make it official. There have been a lot of comparisons to his brothers, but I am excited to bring in Adam for who is individually, and for his own unique brand and ability that he brings”.
Redding is expected to join the team for main camp at the end of the summer.