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Jim Bedard’s athletic talent and skillful goaltending became evident at a very early age. Jim was born in Niagara Falls and began playing minor hockey in Stamford Township and later played with the Niagara Falls Minor Hockey Association (N.F.M.H.A.).
At the age of sixteen, the Sudbury Wolves drafted Jim to play in the Ontario Major Junior "A" Hockey League (O.H.L.). He had an outstanding Junior career with the Wolves. The 1975-76 season included an O.H.L. First Team All Star selection and Goaltender of the Year Award.
Jim’s phenomenal goaltending credentials resulted in the Washington Capitals picking him sixth in the National Hockey League (N.H.L.) draft.
In his very first year with the Capitals, Jim was selected to play in the N.H.L. All Star Game and was voted the game’s most valuable player. He spent a total of five years in the Capitals organization before going to Europe to play. Jim had fourteen gratifying seasons in Finland as a player and gained valuable coaching experience before returning to Canada.
Upon returning to Niagara Falls, Jim got his coaching career started. He worked with goaltenders for the Niagara Falls Thunder, of the O.H.L.
His tireless work ethic and patience for teaching goaltending skills, landed him a job as Goalie Coach for the Detroit Red Wings of the N.H.L. Currently, he is entering his fifth year with the Wings and already has two Stanley Cup titles to his credit. He is responsible for working with all goaltenders in the Detroit system.
Jim is very proud of his hometown of Niagara Falls, where he still lives in the off season with his wife, Arja, and daughter, Seija.
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