By Lindsay Kramer
Jared Bednar played and coached in the ECHL for almost 15 years, trying to reach the AHL. Once he hit that level last season, his upward mobility accelerated quickly.
Bednar was named head coach of the Peoria Rivermen earlier this week. The move comes after just one season coaching in the league, working as an assistant for Abbotsford in 2009-2010.
“Everyone has a little bit of a different path,” said Bednar, 38. “For me, it feels like a long time to get where I’m at. Every season comes on its own. It brings its different challenges. I feel like I’m right where I want to be. I think I’ve worked hard to prove myself as a coach.”