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Five Questions with Bret Hedican

by Colleen Hamilton / Carolina Hurricanes
The Carolina Hurricanes traveled back in time over the weekend, celebrating the tenth anniversary of winning the Stanley Cup. had the chance to catch up with members of the 2005-06 championship winning team to get their thoughts on returning to Raleigh, getting the family back together, playing in the fifth annual Alumni Game and more.

Here are five questions with Bret Hedican. What was it like coming back and getting on the ice with these guys 10 years later?

Bret Hedican: It's always great. It's great to be back again. You look around the locker room and see Rod Brind'Amour where he used to sit over there and the different guys in what used to be their spot. It's like a good pair of shoes that you put on, you know what it feels like. Staalsy and Wardo standing on the bench last night, and we all walked out there. I’m sure they have a lot of memories about us and we have a lot of memories about them. It brings back a lot of great moments of what the team feels like. What does the 10th anniversary mean to you?

Hedican: Time's gone by quick. It seems like yesterday we were in this room celebrating as a group. I remember all the work, all the training and the guys pushing each other off the ice. I remember guys doing things here that I’ve never seen in any other organization. Was it those types of things that made that team special?

Hedican: Absolutely. I remember in 2002, being in this locker room for the first time, and in one week I said we had what it took to win. We went all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals and lost that game to Detroit. They had a $90 million payroll. Our payroll was $20-something million. We had a bunch of dogs in here and I knew this team, this organization would have a chance to win. Four years later, we win it all. It doesn’t happen by accident. It happens through hard work. It happens through commitment. We pushed one another and I think when you have that with the leadership in Roddy and our veteran guys, we get some young players that filter in and you add a few players along the way, you have what it takes to win. What is one memory besides winning the Cup that stands out from that season?

Hedican: There was a practice midway through the year that I’ll never forget. There was the moment after we won the Stanley Cup in this room when all the media finally cleared out and it was just us in this room – the 20 guys that you went to war with all year and that you won with, we drank the Cup together – that moment, I want to go back in time and relive it. What was it like getting the family back together for the weekend?

Hedican: It was unbelievable. For my kids, they were almost three and almost one (when we won the Cup), so they don't really know me as a hockey player. So for them to come home, to see the environment, to be around the Cup and see it, to share that with them again and sharing it with a lot of these guys with their kids was fun. And the wives and how close they are together, for them to get back together and see each other. There were so many great moments over the course of the weekend. Thank you to the Carolina Hurricanes, thank you to the fans for always supporting that group. It's been a lot of fun.

The wives were just like they hadn’t missed a beat. The guys were just like they hadn’t missed a beat. It was a family throughout. I believe it takes an owner, it takes management, it takes the coaching staff, the trainers and it takes the players. And obviously the wives around the families. Every piece of it has to be there to win. Not every environment that you’re in has that and I think we had all of those pieces in this team. That’s why you say you win as a family. We won as a family, big time.

Colleen Hamilton
COLLEEN HAMILTON is the Marketing Coordinator for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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