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HEDICAN NOMINATED FOR MASTERTON TROPHY

Thursday, 04.6.2006 / 2:48 PM ET / News
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HEDICAN NOMINATED FOR MASTERTON TROPHY
Award honors perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 6, 2006

RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association on Wednesday announced Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Bret Hedican as its nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Hedican, 35, is enjoying one of the best seasons of his 14-year NHL career, posting 24 points (5g, 19a), 52 penalty minutes and a team second-best plus-12 plus/minus rating while playing in 69 of Carolina’s 75 games through April 5. Immediately following the 2003-04 season that saw him play in 81 of Carolina’s 82 games, Hedican underwent surgery on both knees. Despite the successful knee surgeries, the St. Paul, Minn., native still suffered severe back pain and contemplated retirement. But, in April 2005, Hedican made the potentially career-ending decision to undergo back surgery, not knowing whether or not he would be ready for training camp in September. Since game one of the 2005-06 regular season, he has been a fixture on the Hurricanes’ blue line and, in early February was added to Team USA’s roster for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. The 2006 Winter Olympics marked the second time Hedican had represented the United States as an Olympian.

Hedican is currently in his fourth season with the Hurricanes after being acquired in a trade with Florida in January 2002. He was a key member of the Hurricanes squad that made a 23-game run to the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals, and has posted 17 goals, 54 assists (71 points) and 201 penalty minutes in 248 regular-season games with Carolina. The St. Louis Blues selected Hedican in the ninth round, 198th overall, in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, and he has recorded 52 goals, 206 assists and 745 penalty minutes in 867 NHL games with St. Louis, Vancouver, Florida and Carolina.

The Masterton Trophy is awarded each season under the trusteeship of the PHWA to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The winner is selected from a poll of the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season and a $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the winner.

The NHL Writers’ Association presented the Masterton Trophy in 1968 to commemorate the late Bill Masterton, a player with the Minnesota North Stars, who exhibited to a high degree the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey, and who died Jan. 15, 1968.

The Carolina Hurricanes face the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, on Friday (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network) before traveling to Atlanta for a Saturday evening meeting with the Thrashers (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes return to the RBC Center on Tuesday to face the New Jersey Devils, and will play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, April 14. Tickets for all Hurricanes games at the RBC Center can be purchased at the RBC Center box office, all TicketMaster outlets, by calling 919-834-4000 or via CarolinaHurricanes.com. Tickets to the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs will go on sale to the general public on April 8 at 10 a.m.. For information on Hurricanes season-ticket packages and mini-season ticket plans, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72