After Jekabs Redlihs’ first season at Boston University, Paul Castron, Director of Player Development, referred to Redlihs as “the nicest surprise in the system.” In 2003-04, the surprises have not been so nice. Redlihs missed the first game of the season for undisclosed disciplinary reasons. He then suffered a broken collarbone on October 17th during practice and did not see his first game action until January 2nd against Minnesota. He recorded an assist in the game, but was later assessed a major penalty for hitting from behind and was required to miss the second game of the series. But by the time Redlihs had returned to the lineup, the Terriers were struggling to maintain position in an ever increasingly competitive conference. Redlihs did rebound to play 23 games and the Terriers improved enough to narrowly earn the final seed to the Hockey East Tournament. Redlihs’ offensive game never rebounded to last season’s form as he scored only two goals and four assists on the year. Surprisingly, despite the injury, the big Latvian rearguard added a physical element to his play. In 23 games he recorded 53 penalty minutes compared to 14 in 40 games.
Redlihs is spliting time with the Jackets' minor league affiliates.