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 Alaska Aces are the ECHL affiliate for St. Louis and Peoria. Former ECHL player and coach Davis Payne is the head coach of the Blues.
Bednar played eight seasons in the ECHL and had 173 points (43g, 130a) 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 South Carolina capture the Kelly Cup in 1997 and 2001.He began his coaching career as an assistant with South Carolina in 2002 before being named the team’s head coach in 2007. Bednar led the Stingrays to the 2009 Kelly Cup championship, becoming the first individual to have his named engraved on the Kelly Cup three times.
Last season, Bednar was an assistant coach for Abbotsford of the AHL.