The Original: Living Life Through Hockey

Canadian former professional hockey player Norm Beaudin is best known for being “The Original Jet”-the first to sign with the Winnipeg Jets Franchise in 1972. He played twenty-five games in the National Hockey League (NHL) and 335 games in the World Hockey Association (WHA). Beaudin also played for the Minnesota North Stars and the St. Louis Blues. 

In The Original, Beaudin shares his chaotic life of over fifty years-from his $2 makeshift Zamboni job as a boy to the success of earning the title of a professional hockey player.

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Canadian former professional hockey player Norm Beaudin is most known for being “The Original Jet,” being the first to sign with the Winnipeg Jets Franchise in 1972. He played 25 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) and 335 games in the World Hockey Association. Beaudin also played for the Minnesota North Stars and St. Louis Blues. At 80 years old, Beaudin still plays hockey and is an active advocate of the sport, coaching younger generations of players.

Kim Passante has known Norm Beaudin since he first moved to Arizona. She is a lifelong sports enthusiast, who grew up in a family of motorsports drivers. It was a natural fit for her to dive into Norm’s world of hockey and pen his inspiring story. Over the years, she has written everything from poetry to marketing literature to legal case preparation. Kim, who homeschooled her daughter until she started college, resides with her family in beautiful, sunny Scottsdale, Arizona.

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