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Al Pedersen selected USA Hockey's John Beadle National Adult of the Year award winner

By Paul Patane, SportsEngine, 06/23/20, 2:45PM MDT

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Hub exclusive: The former Boston Bruins defenseman, who is now a Colorado Rampage coach, was honored earlier this month for his volunteer work in helping grow the game of hockey.

Colorado Rampage coach Al Pedersen was selected USA Hockey's John Beadle National Adult Member of the Year award winner earlier this month. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Rampage

Colorado Rampage coach Al Pedersen was selected USA Hockey's John Beadle National Adult Member of the Year award winner earlier this month. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Rampage

USA Hockey announced Al Pedersen the recipient of its John Beadle National Adult of the Year award on June 8.

Pedersen, the Colorado Rampage’s 8U head coach and coordinator, helms a Little Rookies program and is the NHL Liason for the Monument Hockey Academy, which is located in Monument. He was presented the award for his volunteer work in growing the game, as he’s helped expand an adult league into a unit that now boasts 60 teams and more than 600 skaters spread across six divisions.

The 55-year-old Pedersen is a former National Hockey League defenseman. He was drafted by the Boston Bruins, played five seasons with the club, and he later skated for the Hartford Whalers and Minnesota North Stars. He last played in the league during the 1993-94 season. 

Originally from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Pedersen also spent time playing in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Moncton Golden Flames, the Maine Mariners and the Springfield Indians. 

After concluding his pro playing career, Pedersen started coaching. From 1996 to 2000, he was coach of the Pensacola Ice Pilots in the ECHL, formerly known as the East Coast Hockey League, and he helmed the Mississippi Sea Wolves for a season. He then took over as coach of the Colorado Gold Kings in the WCHL (West Coast Hockey League) but the team folded after the 2001-02 season.

Pedersen chose to stay in Colorado after his tenure with the Gold Kings concluded, and in 2006 he became the facility manager at Monument Ice Rinks in Monument, where the Rampage is based.

The John Beadle National Adult of the Year award is presented each year as part of USA Hockey’s Annual Congress. John Beadle was chair of USA Hockey’s Adult Council and vice president from 1991 to 2018.

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