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.