Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bret Hedican
Drafted in 1988 by St. Louis, the smooth skating Hedican went on to play three years of college hockey at St. Cloud State. In 1990-91, he played 41 games for the Huskies, notching 21 goals and 26 assists to earn on spot on the WCHA First All-Star team. The 1991-92 season was a busy one for Hedican: he represented his country on the National Team and the U.S. Olympic team in Albertville, France. He then made his first NHL appearance with the Blues in March, and just a few weeks later he scored his first NHL goal.

Hedican split the 1992-93 season between the Blues and the Peoria Rivermen of the IHL. From 1993-94 onward, it has been all NHL for Hedican, including two World Championship tournaments. He started the 1993-94 season in St. Louis, playing 61 games there before being traded to Vancouver in March 1994 as part of a multi-player deal. He had a steady job with the Canucks for the next four years, missing the occasional game due to injuries and consistently tallying double-digit point totals. His career best season was 1995-96, when he combines six goals and 23 assists for 29 points in 77 games.

Hedican remained with the Canucks until January 1999 when he was traded to the Florida Panthers in a deal involving players and draft choices. He had a 25-point season with the Panthers in 1999-00, the year in which he played his 500th NHL game.

After parts of four seasons with the Panthers, Hedican was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes where he was a key player in the team's run to the 2002 Stanley Cup Final before falling to the Detroit Red Wings.

After two steady seasons with the Hurricanes the defenceman did not play during the lockout of 2004-05. Hedican returned to competition in the 2005-06 season where he would tie his career high 27 point total in the regular season. In April of 2006, Hedican was named Carolina's nominee for the Bill Masteron Trophy following his return from a pair of knee surgeries and back surgery to enjoy a resilient season with the Hurricanes. Throughout the Hurricanes run to the finals Hedican was a regular on defense appearing in all 25 games as he and the team captured their first ever Stanley Cup.

On an international level, Hedican represented the United States of America in the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 North St. Paul Dragons High-MN 23 15 19 34 16
1988-89 St. Cloud State Huskies NCAA-3 28 5 3 8 28
1989-90 St. Cloud State Huskies NCAA-3 36 4 17 21 37
1990-91 St. Cloud State Huskies WCHA 41 21 26 47 26
1991-92 United States Nat-Tm 54 1 8 9 59
1991-92 United States Olympics 8 0 0 0 4
1991-92 St. Louis Blues NHL 4 1 0 1 0 +1 5 0 0 0 0
1992-93 St. Louis Blues NHL 42 0 8 8 30 -2 10 0 0 0 14
1992-93 Peoria Rivermen IHL 19 0 8 8 10
1993-94 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 0 11 11 64 -8
1993-94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 8 0 1 1 0 +1 24 1 6 7 16
1994-95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 45 2 11 13 34 -3 11 0 2 2 6
1995-96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 6 23 29 83 +8 6 0 1 1 10
1996-97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 67 4 15 19 51 -3
1996-97 United States WC-A 8 0 5 5 10
1997-98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 71 3 24 27 79 +3
1998-99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 42 2 11 13 34 +7
1998-99 Florida Panthers NHL 25 3 7 10 17 -2
1998-99 United States WC-A 6 0 1 1 8
1999-00 Florida Panthers NHL 76 6 19 25 68 +4 4 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Florida Panthers NHL 70 5 15 20 72 -7
2000-01 United States WC-A 9 2 2 4 0 +5
2001-02 Florida Panthers NHL 31 3 7 10 12 -4
2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 26 2 4 6 10 +3 23 1 4 5 20
2002-03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 72 3 14 17 75 -24
2003-04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 7 17 24 64 -10
2004-05
2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 74 5 22 27 58 +11 25 2 9 11 42
2005-06 United States Olympics 6 0 1 1 6 +1
2006-07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 50 0 10 10 36 -8
2007-08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 66 2 15 17 70 +17
2008-09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 51 1 5 6 36 -7
NHL Totals 1039 55 239 294 893 108 4 22 26 108


WCHA First All-Star Team (1991) Traded to Vancouver by St. Louis with Jeff Brown and Nathan LaFayette for Craig Janney, March 21, 1994. Traded to Florida by Vancouver with Pavel Bure, Brad Ference and Vancouver's 3rd round choice (Robert Fried) in 2000 Entry Draft for Ed Jovanovski, Dave Gagner, Mike Brown, Kevin Weekes and Florida's 1st round choice (Nathan Smith) in 2000 Entry Draft, January 17, 1999. Traded to Carolina by Florida with Kevyn Adams and Tomas Malec for Sandis Ozolinsh and Byron Ritchie, January 16, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, October 23, 2008. Officially announced his retirement, September 16, 2009.