DEFENSEMAN WAS SCHEDULED TO BE UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT ON JULY 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (June 30, 2002) – Jim Rutherford, CEO and General Manager of the Eastern Conference Champion Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team has signed defenseman Bret Hedican to a six-year contract. As per club policy, no terms were disclosed.
“We are thrilled to have Bret commit to remain a part of the Carolina Hurricanes’ family,” Rutherford said. “He proved his value to our hockey club during the home stretch of the season and the Stanley Cup playoffs. He is one of the league’s top defensemen on the ice and a character person off the ice.”
Hedican (6’2’’, 205 lbs.) was acquired by the Hurricanes from the Florida Panthers on Jan. 10 along with forward Kevyn Adams and defensive prospect Tomas Malec in exchange for defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh and forward Byron Ritchie. He completed the season with 16 points (5g, 11a) in 57 total games with Florida and Carolina. The St. Paul, Minn. native ranked second among Hurricanes defensemen with five points (1g, 4a) in 23 playoff games. He was third on the team in ice time during the playoffs, averaging 23:52 per game.
Hedican, 31, has totaled 193 points (37g, 156a) in 645 career games over 11 NHL seasons with St. Louis, Vancouver, Florida and Carolina. A member of the 1992 United States Olympic hockey team, Hedican made his Hurricanes debut against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 17 and scored his first goal with the Hurricanes two days later at New Jersey.