August 10, 1970 |
Saint Paul, MN, USA
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
|Played for||St. Louis Blues
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||198th overall, 1988
St. Louis Blues
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.
Hedican led the league in short-handed assists during the 1997-98 season, with seven.
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 the fall of 2014, he joined the Sharks Radio Network team and will provide color commentary alongside Dan Rusanowsky. He also occasionally analyzes games for NBCSN.
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.
Awards and honors
|All-WCHA First Team||1990–91|
- Member of Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.
- Had his number 24 retired by St. Cloud State University on November 6, 2010.
|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||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||—||—||—||—||—|
- 1992 – Played for the United States in the XVI Olympic Winter Games
- 2006 – Played for the United States in the XX Olympic Winter Games
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.