Jim Lloyd Klein was known by both Jim or Lloyd during his career, but also by the nickname of "Dede."
The left-winger had a well-earned reputation as a goal scorer in the Prairie Hockey League when he led the circuit in goals three years in a row before the big forward made the leap to the National Hockey League in 1928.
Despite playing just eight games for the Boston Bruins that year, he managed to get his name engraved on the Stanley Cup when the team went on to win the trophy, without him playing a game, that spring in the playoffs. The next two years were spent in the minors but he resurfaced with the Bruins during the 1931-32 when he suited up for five more games. When he fou8nd himself back in the minors when the 1932-33 began, it was clear he didn't fit into the team's long-term plans. Midway through that year the Bruins dealt him to the New York Americans where his NHL career was resurrected.
"Dede" scored four points in 15 games that year with the Americans to close out that season, but the next year he was an NHL regular for the first time in his career. Klein finished third on the team in goals with 13 while posting a career best 22 points. Despite his scoring success, he split the next campaign between New York and the minors but was back as a regular for the 1935-36 season. However, he was unable to tack advantage of the opportunity when he struggled to score with just four goals in 42 games. Over the next two years he spent just 17 games in the NHL with the rest of his time spent in the minors. The three games with the Americans he suited up for in 1937-38 proved to be his last in the big leagues.
For most of the next eight seasons Klein was a big scorer in the American Hockey League. In 1942-43 he led the league in playoff goals and points while leading the Buffalo Bisons to the Calder Cup Championship. The following season the Bisons repeated their feat, but Klein's scoring dipped to just five points instead of the 15 he posted the year before.
During the 1945-46 season Klein left the AHL and joined the Pacific Coast Hockey League, then returned to his hometown of Saskatoon to play Senior hockey then returned to the PCHL for one final campaign in 1947 before retiring from the game.