Q&A: Jim Bedard discusses new role as Stars director of goalie development

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Back in May the Dallas Stars hired Jim Bedard as their new new Director of Goalie Development.

Bedard spent the majority of his career as the Detroit Red Wings goalie coach. He left Detroit after the 2015-16 season and spent last season as the goalie coach for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires, and helped the team hoist the Memorial Cup this past spring.

With the Stars Bedard is going to spend most of his time in Cedar Park serving as the AHL goalie coach. He’s also going to spend time scouting and working with other prospects, but he’s going to spend roughly 75 percent of hist time in the AHL.

I caught up with Bedard on Monday morning here in Northern Michigan to discuss his role with the Stars.

SHAPIRO: How did you end up with the Stars?

BEDARD: When I was done with the Red Wings after 19 years, and few of the staff members had gone with Jim Nill over (to Dallas). We were great friends through all the times in Detroit and I have an amazing amount of respect for him not only as a hockey person, but also as a person in general. He’s one of the best people I’ve ever met, and I’m sure I’m not the only one that will say that. And then we just kept in touch and after we were done in the Memorial Cup he asked if I would be interested in jumping back in, being development and scouting, and i said absolutely. I’m a little older, but I don’t feel old, and keeping around these guys, these young guys, keeps you young and active. It’s a good fit.

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