Jim Bermingham Obituary, Death Cause – Jim Bermingham, a former coach for the Ice Bears who was responsible for leading the squad to a title in 2006, passed away on Wednesday night. He was 51. Bermingham finished his eleven-year playing career with the Ice Bears during the team’s lone season in the ACHL in 2002-03. This season marked the end of Bermingham’s time with the Ice Bears.
Mike Murray, the owner, president, and general manager of the Ice Bears, expressed the sentiment that “I can safely speak for our entire organization—from our owners to our fans—when I say we’re incredibly saddened to hear of Jim’s passing,” Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s family and friends during this difficult time. He was an incredible friend and coach, and he will be missed by those who knew him.
During the first season of the new organization, he played in 56 games and recorded 66 points. The next year, he was given the position of head coach for the first time in the history of the franchise, and he remained in that role for a total of four years. The Ice Bears had a record of 129-85-10 during Bermingham’s tenure as coach. In 2005, Knoxville was victorious in the regular season, and in 2006, they were undefeated in both the regular season and the President’s Cup titles.
After winning the President’s Cup in 2006, Jim Bermingham (shown on the left) celebrated with his younger brother Jason.
Bermingham was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the 1991 draft. However, he played the most of his professional career in the ECHL, where he participated in 500 games and concluded his career as one of the top ten scorers in the history of the league with 588 career points. 2019 marked the year that he was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame. In addition, he logged 69 games in the American Hockey League.