Goaltender Jim Bedard was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario on November 14th, 1956. He played his junior hockey with the Sudbury Wolves where he improved his numbers each season, culminating with his selection to the OHA First All-Star Team in 1976. That summer, Bedard was selected by the Washington Capitals in the 6th round of the 1976 Amateur Draft. He turned pro the following season, joining the Dayton Gems of the International Hockey League.
In 1977-78, Bedard joined the Washington Capitals and logged the majority of the ice time as their starter, appearing in 43 games. his eleven wins and 3.66 goals against average were impressive for a rookie on the emerging Capitals and the following year he platooned with netminder Gary Inness, but his numbers slipped and his average swelled.
In 1979-80, the Capitals acquisition of goalie Wayne Stephenson spelled trouble for Bedard who spent the year suiting up for five different teams in three different leagues, though all were below the NHL level. After his nomadic season, Bedard made a big move by signing with TPS Turku of the Finnish Elite league.
In all, Bedard spent 14 seasons playing hockey in Finland, finally retiring in 1994. After his playing days, he remained involved in hockey, starting as a goaltender's coach in the Ontario Hockey League with his hometown Niagara Falls Thunder, before becoming an assistant coach with the Erie Otters. Bedard also was a goalie consultant for Elite teams in Europe before landing back in the NHL in 1998-99 as the goalie coach for the Detroit Red Wings.