ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced Tuesday the club has named Jared Bednar as the Head Coach of the Peoria Rivermen, the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate (AHL).
“The Blues organization is excited to announce Jared as our new Head Coach in Peoria,” said Davidson. “He brings coaching experience from the AHL and ECHL levels which includes an ECHL championship and he’ll be an excellent teacher for our young players.”
Bednar, 38, spent last season as an Assistant Coach with the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL. Prior to joining Abbotsford, he spent seven seasons (2002-2009) with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays as an Assistant coach, Head coach and General Manager. He was named Head Coach on April 27, 2007 and compiled an 89-45-9 record in two seasons, guiding the club to the 2009 Kelly Cup which is awarded to the ECHL’s champion.
Bednar played eight seasons in the ECHL and had 173 points (43 goals, 130 assists) and 1,210 penalty minutes in 434 regular season games and 17 points (two goals, 15 assists) along with 157 penalty minutes in 56 postseason games, helping the Stingrays capture the Kelly Cup in 1997 and 2001. The Yorkton, Saskatchewan native also played parts of three seasons in the AHL and the International Hockey League (IHL) where he had 26 points (four goals, 22 assists) and 420 penalty minutes in 148 games.
Jared and his wife, Susan, have two children, son, Kruz, and daughter, Savega.