Norm was a Regina Pats All-Star in the SJHL and went on to play in the Memorial Cup with the Edmonton Oil Kings. He was also a playoff call-up for the Spokane Comets…
Norm began as a pro in 1962-63 with the Hull-Ottawa Canadiens. On June 4th 1963, Norm was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1963 NHL Inter-League Draft. After several seasons spent in Detroit’s minor league system, Norm got his first chance to play in the National Hockey League with the St. Louis Blues in 1967-68, after they had selected him in the 1967 NHL Expansion draft; he scored once and assisted as many times in 13 games. The Blues would trade him to the New York Rangers with Camille Henry for cash in 1969; he would never play for New York, as the Rangers dealt him to the Montreal Canadiens on the very same day (June 27th) with Bobby Schmautz for Ernie Wakely. One year later, Norm was sold to the Minnesota North Stars who gave him a chance to play in the big league and, he collected a single assist in 12 games.
After a strong 1971-72 season with the Cleveland Barons, Norm was selected in the 1972 WHA General Player Draft and signed by the Winnipeg Jets, earning the distinction of being the first player signed by the new team. This is why he was given the title of “The Original Jet”. Norm responded well, with a strong 38 goals and 103 points season, playing on a line with Bobby Hull and Chris Bordeleau dubbed “The Luxury Line”. That season, Beaudin topped the WHA for points in the playoffs with 28, including a solid seven points effort on April 16th 1973 against the Minnesota Fighting Saints. He ended his career in 1978 after two seasons spent in Switzerland with SC Langnau followed by a coaching Stint in the Swiss NLB with HC Sierre.
The following is a chronological timeline (click to enlarge) of Norm’s playing career: