Al Pedersen was a typical “defense first” Western Hockey League defenseman. The WHL product was drafted in 1983 by the Boston Bruins to be a shutdown defenseman in front of the B’s net.
With the Bruins, Pedersen was paired with Ray Bourque from 1986 to 1991. In 1991, the Minnesota North Stars picked up Al Pedersen in the expansion draft. Minnesota sent Pederson to the Whalers for the next season. Al Pedersen then bounced around the AHL and IHL before retiring form pro hockey in 1995.
In 428 NHL games, Al Pedersen only scored 5 goals while recording 487 PIMs. He was very strong positionally and a good shot blocker.
You can see Al Pedersen and the rest of the NHL Alumni take on members of the Hagerstown Adult Hockey League for the benefit of the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex and Hagerstown Youth Hockey Association on September 25th at 5:00pm. Click here for more details.