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Ducks Sign Bret Hedican to 1-Year Deal

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
Bret Hedican joins the Ducks after spending the last six seasons with Carolina, where he won a Stanley Cup in 2006. In 988 career NHL games, the defenseman has scored 288 points.
 Duck Cast with Bret Hedican 


The Ducks announced on Thursday that they have signed defenseman Bret Hedican to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

“Bret is a mobile defenseman coming off a strong season with Carolina last year," said Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. "He's a proven winner and class act, and we’re pleased to add him to our roster.”

Hedican, 38 (8/10/70), appeared in 66 games for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2007-08, scoring 2-15=17 points with a career-high +17 rating and 70 penalty minutes (PIM). He finished tied for first on the Hurricanes and tied for 13th among NHL defensemen in plus/minus while also leading Carolina defensemen in time on ice (19:17 TOI).

"Obviously the last month in particular I’ve had a lot of teams calling and making offers," Hedican said. 'But I kept focus on this team because I like it so much and I like the defensive core that Mr. Burke has assembled here. They’ve won a Stanley Cup and ultimately that’s why I play the game now. I want to win another Cup and I think this team has the opportunity."

"I like the defensive core that Mr. Burke has assembled here," Hedican said. "They've won a Stanley Cup and ultimately that's why I play the game now. I want to win another Cup and I think this team has the opportunity."
Originally selected by St. Louis in the 10th round of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft (198th overall), Hedican has played for the Blues (1991-94), Vancouver Canucks (1994-99), Florida Panthers (1999-02) and Carolina Hurricanes (2002-08). In 988 career NHL games, Hedican has scored 54-234=288 points with 857 PIM.

A native of North St. Paul, Minnesota, Hedican appeared in all 25 of Carolina’s 2006 playoff games en route to the Stanley Cup. The 6-2, 210-pound blueliner, who also reached the Stanley Cup Final with Vancouver in 1994, has collected 4-22=26 points with 108 PIM in 108 career NHL Playoff games. A two-time U.S. Olympian in 1992 and 2006, Hedican has appeared in 14 contests for Team USA in Albertville, France and Torino, Italy.

"This team is off to a bit of a slow start, but they’ve got a lot of talent," said Hedican of signing with the Ducks. "I’m so excited to be a Duck right now because I never thought this would be possible. I never thought it would happen. And for me to have the opportunity to join this defensive crew is really exciting."
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