By Mike Stackhouse
Photo credit: Robert Murray/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
The Battlefords North Stars have named Nate Bedford as their new Head Coach and General Manager.
Bedford spent the last four seasons with Keyano College in Fort McMurray, where he led the school to its best ever year in 2016, finishing with a bronze medal in the ACAC.
The 36-year-old takes over from Kevin Hasselberg, who ended his five year tenure a couple of weeks ago to accept a professional ranks coaching job in Florida.
“His work ethic is similar to Kevin’s,” Stars President Troy Slywka told the Battlefords-News Optimist. “He knows the game well and has a strong passion for it.”
The Peterborough ON native has also endured some personal challenges over the last few months as the house he lived in with his wife and young son burned to the ground during the Fort McMurray wildfire in May.
“Having those two things happen in a pretty short span was a tough challenge to go through,” Bedford says. “My wife and I had put a lot of time into the college, so to see the program go away was tough and then to lose your house and see so many people in the community go through that tragedy was hard.”
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