|Born:||May 3, 1980||Draft:||1998 Lightning, 92nd Overall|
|Hometown:||Ottawa, Ontario||Position:||Left Wing|
|Known For:||OHL Champion||Shoots:||Left|
|National Team:||Canada||Current Status:||Retired|
Eric Beaudoin (born May 3, 1980) is a former Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Florida Panthers during the 2003-2004 season. Drafted 92nd overall by Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Beaudin spent three seasons with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). After producing back-to-back 70-point seasons, he made the jump to the major leagues, playing for the Louisville Panthers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Despite being drafted by the Lightning, Beaudoin would never dress for the team. He made his debut with the Panthers during the 2001-02 season, registering one goal and one assist in eight games.
Beaudoin remained with the Panthers organization for four seasons, but was unable to gain traction at the NHL level. He played a career-high 30 games in 2003-04, registering two goals and four assists. The following year, Beaudoin played solely in the AHL split between the San Antonio Rampage and the Edmonton Road Runners, combining for 14 points in 56 games. Without any contract offers, he opted to sign with the Newcastle Vipers of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in England.
His adventure in hockey took him to many locations in Europe, including Finland’s SM-Liiga, Sweden’s Swedish Hockey League (SHL), Switzerland’s National League, Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey League (DEL), and the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia. As his career dwindled down to reduced playing time and underperforming results, Beaudoin retired from the sport at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.
Eric Beaudin Statistics
- EHC Olten, NLB (Head Coach) 2015-2016
- OHL Champion (1998)