He was a hard-toiling, hard-boiled left winger who worked the corners and became an old Memorial Gardens fan favourite following an Ontario Hockey League trade from the erstwhile Kingston Canadians to the Soo Greyhounds during the 1981-1982 season.
In all, “Jungle” Jim Aldred played four OHL seasons as a 6-foot-2, 185 pound, gritty grinder who also had a decent touch around the net.
Aldred’s best season in the OHL was his final one, the 1982-1983 campaign, when he had 24 goals, 30 assists, 54 points and 222 penalty minutes in 79 games, regular season and playoffs included.
After leaving the Soo, Aldred played parts of three seasons in the American Hockey League with the Rochester Americans, the top farm club of the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League.
Aldred closed out his pro playing career in the Netherlands, winning a championship with the Nijmegen Tigers and scoring 41 goals in 42 games.
Now 51-years old (he will turn 52 later this month), Aldred has become a highly-regarded development coach with the Alliston Coyotes of the Greater Metro Jr. Hockey League.
Aldred is married to the self-professed love of his life, Cristina Lopes.
PHOTO: “Jungle” Jim Aldred, as a member of the Soo Greyhounds, circa 1982.