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Red Wings Part Company With Long Time Goalie Coach Jim Bedard

Red Wings Part Company With Long Time Goalie Coach Jim Bedard

Detroit have informed long time goaltending coach Jim Bedard that his contract will not be renewed this summer.

Bedard spent eighteen seasons with the organisation, during which time the Red Wings won three Stanley Cups (1998, 2002, 2008). He worked mainly with Detroit’s first choice pairing of Petr Mrazek and Jimmy Howard this season, but has had input at every level of the club during his time in Michigan, as well as performing coaching and scouting duties for some European clubs during his career.

“We need change,” general manager Ken Holland said, per Ansar Khan of MLive. “We’re still trying to figure out exactly how we’re putting the staff together. Jeff (Blashill) felt he wanted to put together a different staff, felt it was time for some change.”

Drafted by Washington in 1976, Bedard played part of two seasons with the Capitals before enjoying a lengthy minor league career which saw him play for more than a decade in Finland.

Grand Rapids Griffins’ Jeff Salajko goaltending development coach, who has previously worked with Red Wings’ number one Petr Mrazek, has been mentioned as one possible replacement for Bedard.

Detroit now becomes the third NHL club to begin a search for a new goaltending coach this summer.

Roland Melanson is set to part company with Vancouver this summer, while Ottawa dismissed goaltending coach Rick Wamsley last month.

About The Author

Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).