Bret Hedican

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Bret Hedican
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Born (1970-08-10) August 10, 1970 (age 43)
Saint Paul, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for St. Louis Blues
Vancouver Canucks
Florida Panthers
Carolina Hurricanes
Anaheim Ducks
National team  United States
NHL Draft 198th overall, 1988
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1991–2009

Bret Michael Hedican (born August 10, 1970) is an American former professional ice hockey player and a two-time US Olympian.

Playing career[edit]

Hedican was drafted 198th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. A product of St. Cloud State University, Hedican played with the 1992 US Olympic Team before he made his NHL debut in the 1991–92 season with the Blues. In his third season with the Blues, Hedican was traded to the Vancouver Canucks with Jeff Brown and Nathan LaFayette for Craig Janney, on March 21, 1994, joining the Canucks in time for their Stanley Cup run that season.

Hedican established himself in the Canucks blueline and after five seasons was later traded to the Florida Panthers by Vancouver with Pavel Bure, Brad Ference and Vancouver's 3rd round choice (Robert Fried) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft for Ed Jovanovski, Dave Gagner, Mike Brown, Kevin Weekes and Florida's first round choice (Nathan Smith) in the 2000 Entry Draft, on January 17, 1999.

Hedican was then traded by the Panthers with Kevyn Adams and Tomas Malec to the Carolina Hurricanes for Sandis Ozolinsh and Byron Ritchie on January 16, 2002. He would spend five and a half seasons with the Hurricanes and won his only Stanley Cup in 2006.

For the 2008–09 season, Hedican signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks. He played his 1000th career NHL game on November 21, 2008 against the St. Louis Blues.

On September 6, 2009, Hedican was interviewed live on the television sports talk show Chronicle Live, on CSN Bay Area, and announced his retirement.

Hedican led the league in short-handed assists during the 1997-98 season, with seven.[1]

After retirement[edit]

Hedican joined Comcast SportsNet California shortly after retiring, serving as a pre-game and post-game analyst for the channel's San Jose Sharks coverage.

In 2014, Hedican partnered with another former Vancouver Canuck, Paul Reinhart, investing over $1 million in a sports team management start-up, RosterBot, based in Vancouver.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA First Team 1990–91

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 St Cloud State Huskies WCHA 28 5 3 8 28
1989–90 St Cloud State Huskies WCHA 36 4 17 21 37
1990–91 St Cloud State Huskies WCHA 41 18 30 48 52
1991–92 St. Louis Blues NHL 4 1 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 0
1992–93 Peoria Rivermen IHL 19 0 8 9 10
1992–93 St. Louis Blues NHL 42 0 8 8 30 10 0 0 0 14
1993–94 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 0 11 11 64
1993–94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 8 0 1 1 0 24 1 6 7 16
1994–95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 45 2 11 13 34 11 0 2 2 6
1995–96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 6 23 29 83 6 0 1 1 10
1996–97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 67 4 15 19 51
1997–98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 71 3 24 27 79
1998–99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 42 2 11 13 34
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 25 3 7 10 17
1999–00 Florida Panthers NHL 76 6 19 25 68 4 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Florida Panthers NHL 70 5 15 20 72
2001–02 Florida Panthers NHL 31 3 7 10 12
2001–02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 26 2 4 6 10 23 1 4 5 20
2002–03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 72 3 14 17 75
2003–04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 7 17 24 64
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 74 5 22 27 58 25 2 9 11 42
2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 50 0 10 10 36
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 66 2 15 17 70
2008–09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 51 1 5 6 36
NHL totals 1039 55 239 294 893 108 4 22 26 108

International play[edit]

Personal[edit]

Hedican has been married to figure-skater Kristi Yamaguchi since 2000. The couple have two daughters, Keara Kiyomi (2003) and Emma Yoshiko (2005). They reside in northern California. Hedican and Yamaguchi met at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games when both were members of the US Olympic team.

Hedican is a graduate of North High School in North St. Paul, Minnesota. August 12, 2006, was declared "Bret Hedican Day" in North Saint Paul, Minnesota, including the presentation of the Stanley Cup and a parade.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bret Hedican". Sun Media. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ "RosterBot". Financial Post. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 

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