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Bret Hedican
Bret Hedican
Defenseman
(HEH-dih-kan)
Number: 6
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 210
Shoots: Left
Born: Aug 10, 1970
Birthplace: St. Paul, MN, United States
Acquired: Acquired on Jan. 15, 2002 from the Florida Panthers along with forward Kevyn Adams and defenseman Tomas Malec for defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh and center Byron Ritchie.
Drafted: STL / 1988 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 10th (198th overall)
Draft: St. Louis 1988 (10-198-9)
Acquired: Jan. 16, 2002 from Florida along with Kevyn Adams and Tomas Malec in exchange for Sandis Ozolinsh and Byron Ritchie
First NHL Game: March 23, 1992 in a 3-2 St. Louis loss at Toronto
First NHL Point: April 14, 1992 in a 5-3 St. Louis win vs. Chicago
First NHL Goal: April 14, 1992 in a 5-3 St. Louis win vs. Chicago
Most Goals, Game: 2 - twice (Last: Dec. 29, 2001 in a 4-2 Florida win vs. Toronto)
Most Assists, Game: 3 - Nov. 22, 1997 in a 5-4 Vancouver loss vs. Chicago
Most Points, Game: 4 - Dec. 29, 2001 in a 4-2 Florida win vs. Toronto
Most Penalty Minutes, Game: 17 - twice (Last: Jan. 18, 2003 in a 5-2 loss at New Jersey)

Personal: Bret and his wife, Kristi Yamaguchi, were married on July 8, 2000... They have two daughters: Keara (4) and Emma (2)... Bret’s summer home is in San Francisco, CA... He is involved with Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, The Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation and helps to raise money for the youth and high school hockey programs in his hometown of North St. Paul, MN... Bret’s favorite off-season activity is “swimming with the girls”… His biggest hockey influence was his father... His favorite movie is A Few Good Men, favorite book is The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown, favorite television show is Law & Order and favorite band is U2... Bret’s guilty pleasure is ice cream… He speaks “a few Japanese words”… He says Vince Vaughn would play him in a movie about his life… His favorite Web site is mac.com… Bret’s favorite vacation spot is Hawaii and his favorite holiday is Christmas… His most prized possession is his Stanley Cup ring… His favorite players growing up were Ray Bourque and Wayne Gretzky… He kills time on the road by watching movies, and enjoys a two-hour nap as part of his game-day routine… His favorite athlete outside of hockey is Tiger Woods… His plans for life after hockey are to “shower my family with attention”… His favorite road arena is the Bell Centre in Montreal, and his favorite road city is New York.

2006-07 Highlights
  • Completed his 15th NHL season and fifth with Carolina
  • Missed the final16 games of the season due to a lower-body injury
  • Assisted on Brind’Amour’s goal and played in his 300th game with the Hurricanes vs. PHI (2/22)
  • Left the game vs. NYR (2/15) during the second period with a concussion
  • Underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left ring finger on Jan. 5 in Vail, CO... The procedure was performed by Dr. Randy Viola at Vail Valley Medical Center
  • Registered season-highs in hits (5) and blocked shots (5) vs. NYI (12/22)
  • Played in his 900th career NHL game at COL (12/11)
  • Assisted on Commodore’s tying goal and was (+2) at VAN (12/8)
  • Assisted on Cole’s second goal and was (+2) vs. MTL (11/30)
  • Was (even) in a season-high 28:04 of ice time vs. NYR (11/15)
  • Had two assists vs. BUF (11/13)… Earned a helper on one of Cole’s three goals vs. WSH (11/9)… Assisted on Brind’Amour’s goal at NYI (10/21)
  • Earned an assist on Hutchinson’s power-play goal for his first point of the season at FLA (10/11)
Games missed due to injury: 32 (lower-body: 10/7, 10/14-10/16, 11/24; illness: 1/2-1/4; finger: 1/6-1/30; lower-body: 3/2-4/7)
Longest assist streak: 2 games (2/20-2/22: 0g, 2a)
Longest point streak: 2 games (2/20-2/22: 0g, 2a)
Multi-assist games: 1 (11/13 vs. BUF: 0g, 2a)
Multi-point games: 1 (11/13 vs. BUF: 0g, 2a)


Career: 
Is in his sixth season with the Hurricanes, 16th in the NHL... Acquired along with Kevyn Adams and Tomas Malec from Florida in exchange for Sandis Ozolinsh and Byron Ritchie on Jan. 16, 2002... Signed a six-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, June 29, 2002... Originally drafted by St. Louis (198th overall) in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft

1988-91: Played four seasons at St. Cloud (Minn.) State, notching 76 points (30g, 46a) in 105 games... Named first-team WCHA All-Star in 1990-91 after scoring 47 points (21g, 26a) in 41 games.

1991-92:
Played for Team USA in the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville, France... Was scoreless in eight games as Team USA finished fourth... Joined the Blues after the Olympics and made his NHL debut on 3/23 at TOR... Scored his first goal on his first NHL shot 4/14 vs. CHI... Scoreless in five playoff games with St. Louis.

1992-93:
Split the season between St. Louis and Peoria (IHL)... Missed first 15 games of the season with a knee injury... Scoreless in 10 playoff games with St. Louis.

1993-94:
Began year in St. Louis where he had 11 points (0g, 11a) in 61 games... Traded to Vancouver 3/21 along with Jeff Brown and Nathan LaFayette in exchange for Craig Janney... Had one assist in eight games for Vancouver... Appeared in all 24 playoff games for the Canucks, tallying seven points (1g, 6a) and tied for the team lead in plus/minus (+13)... Scored first career playoff goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the NY Rangers.

1994-95:
Ranked fourth among Canucks defensemen in scoring with 13 points (2g, 11a) in 45 games... Had two assists in 11 playoff games.

1995-96:
Recorded career highs in goals (6), points (29) and penalty minutes (83) in 77 games with Vancouver... Ranked second among team defensemen in scoring... Tied for third in NHL in shorthanded assists (4)... Played in his 200th NHL game on 1/8 at PIT... Recorded his first career two-goal game at TOR (1/13)... Competed in the Fastest Skater competition at the All-Star Game and finished second to Mike Gartner.

1996-97:
Ranked fourth among Canucks defensemen in scoring with 19 points (4g, 15a) in 67 games... Missed six games with a back strain and nine games with a groin strain... Played in his 300th career game 4/4 vs. CGY.

1997-98:
Scored three goals and set a career-high with 24 assists in 71 games with Vancouver... Led the NHL in shorthanded assists (7) and tied for third in shorthanded points (7)... Had a five-game assists streak from 11/20-29 (0g, 7a)... Set career high for points and assists in a game with three assists vs. CHI (11/22)... Scored his 100th career NHLpoint at DAL (12/27)... Missed six games with an abdominal strain.

1998-99:
Began year with Vancouver, posting 13 points (2g, 11a) and a team-high (+7) rating in 42 games... Scored first shorthanded goal of his career and added his 100th career NHL assist in a 5-0 Canucks win at COL (11/19)... Played his 400th NHL game on 12/6 vs. PHX... Traded to Florida on 1/17... Made his Panthers debut vs. BUF (1/18)... Recorded his first two assists/points as a Panther on 1/20... Scored his first goal with Florida the next night with the game winner vs. NYR (1/21)... Suffered an eye injury on 2/11 at OTT and missed eight games... Suffered torn groin muscle 3/31 vs. NYI and missed eight games... Had a goal, assist and a fight for the first time in the same game 4/17 vs. TB.

1999-2000:
Matched his career high with his sixth goal of the season at TB (3/10)... Played his 500th NHL game at NYR (3/3)... Missed one game with a shoulder injury suffered vs. CAR (2/26)... Suspended three games by NHL on 11/1 after slashing Ottawas Sami Salo on 10/30... Missed two games with a groin injury suffered vs. VAN (10/22)... Posted first point of the season with the game-winner vs. LA (10/6).

2000-01:
Had 20 points (5g, 15a) and 72 penalty minutes in 70 games with Florida... Established a career-high with four power-play goals... Finished second among Florida defensemen in shots (104) and goals, fourth in assists and fourth in points... Sprained his ankle vs. CAR (12/29) and missed nine games... Missed three games with a concussion suffered at TOR (12/4)... Tied career-high with two goals in a game at NJ (10/30).

2001-02:
Completed his first season for Carolina and 11th in the NHL... Scored the game-winning goal at FLA (4/12)... Returned to action at TOR (2/26) after missing seven games due to a strained back suffered vs. FLA (1/25)... Scored his fourth goal of the season and first goal as a Hurricane at NJ (1/19)... Made his Hurricanes debut vs. MTL (1/17)... Acquired from the Florida Panthers on 1/16... Played a team high 27:48 and set career and Florida franchise highs for points by a defenseman with two goals and two assists in 4-2 win vs. TOR (12/29)... Played his first game of the season on 11/7 vs. PIT... Opened the season on injured reserve with a fractured jaw and missed Florida's first 14 games (10/4-11/3)... Missed 21 games due to injury (Jaw: 10/4-11/3; Back: 1/26-2/10)... Was ranked second among Carolina defensemen in scoring (5 points) and ice time (23:52) in the playoffs while playing in all 23 postseason games for the Hurricanes... Played a team-high 49:34 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals vs. DET (6/8)... Had two assists in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals at TOR (5/21)... Scored his lone goal of the playoffs in Game 2 vs. TOR (5/19).

2002-03:
Set up Carolina's lone goal at FLA (4/4)... Scored teams lone goal at DAL (2/11)... At NJ(1/18), tied a career high with 17 penalty minutes... Scored a goal and notched an assist vs. VAN (11/23)... Earned an assist and scored the game-winner for his 200th NHL point vs. PHX (11/12)... At NYI (10/22), earned assists on both of Kapanen's power-play goals... Missed 10 games due to injury (Concussion: 12/15-12/27, 1/3-1/10).

2003-04:
Completed his 13th NHL season and third with Carolina... Set career highs in goals (7) and games played (81)... Was second among Hurricanes defensemen in goals (7), assists (17) and points (24)... Had a career high five-game points streak (3/19-3/27: 3g, 2a) snapped at FLA (3/29)... Found the net for the third consecutive game, beating Sean Burke vs. PHI (3/23). The goal was his seventh of the season, establishing a new career-high... Beat Patrick Lalime for the game-winner in overtime at OTT (3/20)... Scored the game-winner, vs. ATL (3/12)... Tallied the game-winning goal vs. BUF (12/29)... Scored his first goal of the season and assisted on Vasicek's game-winner at NYI (11/26)... Earned his first assist and point of the season vs. FLA (10/13)... Played his 100th game with the Hurricanes vs. NJ (10/11)... Missed one game due to injury (2/4)

2004-05:
Did not play.

2005-06:
Was third on the team in plus/minus (+11)... Ranked second among Hurricanes defensemen in points (27) and assists (22)... Nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy by the Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association on April 5... Returned to action vs. FLA (3/31) after missing four games with a lower body injury... Represented the United States at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, playing in all six American contests... Reached the 200-assist mark for his NHL career with a pair of helpers at MTL (1/31)... Netted a power-play goal and earned an assist at ATL (1/26)... Left the game at PHI (1/17) with a shoulder sprain... Scored a shorthanded goal - the third shorthanded goal of his NHL career and first with Carolina - for his 50th NHL goal at ANA (12/6)... Played in his 200th game with the Hurricanes vs. OTT (11/22)... Scored his first goal of the season, earned two assists and was (+2) vs. WSH (10/7)... Played his 800th career NHL game and earned his first point of the season with an assist on Staal’s goal vs. PIT (10/7)... Games missed due to injury: 8 (groin: 12/20; shoulder: 1/19; illness: 3/14; lower body: 3/22-3/29; upper body: 4/15).. Completed his eighth NHL playoff season and second with Carolina, playing in all 25 postseason contests to capture his first Stanley Cup... Ranked tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in playoff points (11) and tied for third among defensemen in playoff assists (9)... Ranked first among Hurricanes defensemen in plus/minus (+6)... Assisted on the empty-net goal by Justin Williams in Game 7 vs. EDM (6/19)... Scored his second goal of the postseason in his 100th career NHL playoff game with a third-period tally in Game 6 at BUF (5/30)... Scored his first goal of the postseason and assisted on Staal’s goal in Game 4 at BUF (5/26)... Earned a pair of assists, including the primary assist on Staal’s overtime gamewinner, and led all defensemen with 25:50 of ice time in Game 3 at MTL (4/26)... Assisted on Stillman’s goal, blocked three shots and led all Hurricanes defensemen in ice time (36:13) in Game 2 vs. MTL (4/24).

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