He only spent one season as a Weyburn Red Wing, but he definitely made a mark.
Clayton Beddoes spent the 1989/1990 season as a member of the Wings before moving on with his successful hockey career. Now, the 48-year-old is the head coach of Team Italy at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.
Thirty years ago Beddoes led the Red Wings in scoring with 94 points in 63 games, which was good enough for 4th in league scoring. His teammates Mitch Kean and Wayde McMillan weren't far behind him, with 86 and 90 points, respectively.
Weyburn finished that year 43–18–7 record in the regular season before falling to Nipawin in Game 7 of the semifinals. Beddoes added another 13 points in 13 playoff games that year.
From there he went on to college hockey at Lake Superior State University, winning a couple of national championships and being named team captain in his senior year. Then between 1994 and 1997 Beddoes bounced back-and-forth between the Providence Bruins of the AHL and their NHL affiliate, the Boston Bruins. He totalled 60 games in the show and tallied 10 career points.
Beddoes turned to coaching in the new millennium and began his career behind the bench in Germany. By 2012 he found himself in the Italian pro league and in 2015 was named an assistant coach with the national team. He was promoted to the head coach of the Italian team in 2017, where he guided them to a silver medal at the 2018 Division I Championships and a promotion the 2019 World Championships.
Now, Italy is playing on the biggest stage alongside the likes of Canada, Sweden and Russia. The Italians are off to a tough start at the 2019 WHC, with an 0–2 record as of May 13. They'll take on Latvia on Tuesday.