Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Norm Beaudin
Norm Beaudin, a journeyman winger who had a few lunches with St. Louis and Minnesota in the NHL, was the first player signed by the Winnipeg Jets when the franchise came into being in 1972. Problem was, the name Norm Beaudin did not set the fans hearts aflutter and his signing wasn't announced until after a few name-brand skaters were inked to deals.

Beaudin was handed the chance to play on a line with Bobby Hull, combining with centreman Chris Bordeleau to form the Luxury Line. Beaudin, suffering from an arthritic wrist, had 103 points in his first year with the Jets and led the WHA in playoff scoring, thanks in most part to a seven-point game three goals and four assists on April 16, 1973, ousting almost singlehandedly the Minnesota Saints.

His WHA stint came at the end of a career that began with four years with the Regina Pats in junior and years of development in the Detroit system. Beaudin kicked around the minors until 1967 when, like so many others, he was claimed in the Expansion Draft, in his case by St. Louis. The Blues got him into 13 games in 67-68 but in no time he was being bounced around by teams and leagues at quite a clip. Montreal owned his rights at one point, but it wasn't until the North Stars bought him from the Habs that Beaudin made his second NHL appearance, a dozen games in 70-71 in the Twin Cities.

After leaving the WHA, Beaudin played two years in Switzerland before retiring in 1978.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1959-60 Regina Pats SJHL 58 25 32 57 18 13 7 2 9 4
1960-61 Regina Pats SJHL 60 39 40 79 23 16 12 6 18 6
1960-61 Regina Pats M-Cup 6 3 0 3 0
1961-62 Regina Pats SJHL 54 58 30 88 22 16 14 6 20 2
1961-62 Spokane Comets WHL 4 1 3 4 0
1961-62 Edmonton Oil Kings M-Cup 4 3 2 5 4
1962-63 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 72 19 22 41 16 3 1 0 1 2
1963-64 Cincinnati Wings CPHL 54 19 30 49 14
1963-64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 16 6 9 15 4 5 1 3 4 4
1964-65 Memphis Wings CPHL 53 41 24 65 28
1964-65 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 13 4 2 6 2 2 1 0 1 0
1965-66 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 70 29 29 58 35 3 1 1 2 0
1966-67 Memphis Wings CPHL 65 39 37 76 32 7 4 3 7 0
1967-68 St. Louis Blues NHL 13 1 1 2 4 -4
1967-68 Kansas City Blues CPHL 59 22 23 45 26 7 5 7 12 5
1968-69 Buffalo Bisons AHL 74 32 39 71 10 6 1 3 4 7
1969-70 Cleveland Barons AHL 70 37 44 81 10
1970-71 Minnesota North Stars NHL 12 0 1 1 0 -3
1970-71 Cleveland Barons AHL 59 27 48 75 39 8 2 2 4 4
1971-72 Cleveland Barons AHL 75 33 33 66 16 5 2 1 3 4
1972-73 Winnipeg Jets WHA 78 38 65 103 15 14 13 15 28 2
1973-74 Winnipeg Jets WHA 74 27 28 55 8 4 3 1 4 2
1974-75 Winnipeg Jets WHA 79 16 31 47 8
1975-76 Winnipeg Jets WHA 80 16 31 47 38 13 2 3 5 10
1976-77 SC Langnau Swiss 28 27 11 38
1977-78 SC Langnau Swiss 28 19 11 30
NHL Totals 25 1 2 3 4


AHL Second All-Star Team (1970) Claimed by Detroit from Hull-Ottawa (EPHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 4, 1963. Claimed by St. Louis from Detroit in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Loaned to Buffalo (AHL) by St. Louis for the 1968-69 season for cash, September, 1968. Traded to Buffalo (AHL) by St. Louis with Norm Dennis for cash, May 13, 1969. Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers (Buffalo-AHL) with Camille Henry for cash, June 27, 1969. Traded to Montreal by St. Louis with Bobby Schmautz for Ernie Wakely, June 27, 1969. Traded to Minnesota by Montreal for cash, June, 1970. Selected by Winnipeg (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972.
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