1972 came the World
Hockey Association where Norm became the "original"
Winnipeg Jet and starred, on a line with Bobby Hull and Christian
Bordeleau. They were known as the luxury line. They each scored
over 100 points and really lit it up. When it came time to
hand out the trophy for the top point-getter at the Winnipeg
Arena, Bobby Hull was insistent that Norm's name would be
alongside his own, as they both had 103 points(Bobby Hull
had more goals). The crowd erupted into a frenzy when they
saw that Bobby Hull would share his glory with his linemate
who had been setting him up all year. In the playoffs that
year, Norm set a record that would never be broken in Jets
franchise history; 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points in
14 games edging out Bobby Hull for the playoff scoring lead.
Winnipeg Jets were a formidable team back then and Norm
was the Assistant Captain when they won their first of three
Avco Cups in 1976. Following that Season, Norm and family
were off to Switzerland to play and coach. After three great
hockey seasons abroad and two Schweitzer Meister appearances,
the Beaudin's headed back to Canada, culminating Norm's 19
year career as professional hockey player.