Jared Bednar

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Jared Bednar
Born (1972-02-28) February 28, 1972 (age 44)
Yorkton, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Huntington Blizzard
South Carolina Stingrays
St. John's Maple Leafs
Grand Rapids Griffins
Rochester Americans
Playing career 1993–2002

Jared Bednar (born February 28, 1972) is a Canadian retired professional ice-hockey player, and the head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Playing career[edit]

Bednar played junior hockey with the WHL's Saskatoon Blades, Spokane Chiefs, Medicine Hat Tigers, and Prince Albert Raiders, from 1990 to 1993, playing in 152 games with 520 combined penalty minutes, establishing himself as a physical player. After going undrafted by the NHL, Bednar made his professional debut during the 1993–94 season, with the Huntington Blizzard of the ECHL. He played three seasons with the team, posting a career high in points during the 1994–95 season, with 45 in 64 games.

Bednar joined the South Carolina Stingrays halfway through the 1995–96 season, posting 24 points and 126 penalty minutes in his first 39 games. From 1995 to 1998, he played mostly with the Stingrays, with small stints in the AHL with the St. John's Maple Leafs and Rochester Americans. He played the 1998–99 season with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the IHL, racking up 21 points and 220 PIMS in 71 games with the Griffins. Bednar re-joined the Stingrays for the 1999–00 season, and played two more seasons with the Rays afterwards before announcing his retirement after the 2001–02 season.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Bednar became the assistant coach of the Stingrays from 2002 to 2007. After head coach Jason Fitzsimmons stepped down, Bednar was promoted and became the new head coach for the 2007-08 season. His first season as coach was extremely successful, with the Stingrays winning 47 games in the regular season, and making it to the American Conference Finals in the playoffs. After another successful season in 2008-09, the Stingrays won the Kelly Cup, giving Bednar his first championship as a coach in only his second season.

After winning the Cup, Bednar stepped down as head coach of the Rays and became the assistant coach of the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL for the 2009-10 season. He was the head coach of the AHL's Peoria Rivermen from 2010 through 2012.

The Columbus Blue Jackets hired Bednar as an assistant coach for their minor league affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, beginning with the 2012-13 season. After serving in this role for 2 seasons, he was promoted to the head coaching role, following the promotion of Brad Larsen to Columbus' staff. For the 2015-16 season, Columbus shifted their AHL affiliate to the Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland. Bednar followed the team to Cleveland and continue as head coach, and Lake Erie went 15-2 in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs to capture the franchise's first championship, and the first for the city of Cleveland since the original Cleveland Barons won the 1964 Calder Cup.

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Preceded by
Jason Fitzsimmons
South Carolina Stingrays head coach
Succeeded by
Cail MacLean
Preceded by
Brad Larsen
Springfield Falcons head coach
Succeeded by
Ron Rolston
Preceded by
Dean Chynoweth
Lake Erie Monsters head coach
2015 - present
Succeeded by