SAN JOSE, CA – St. Cloud State University announced that Sharks Radio Color Analyst Bret Hedican (@BretHedican) will be inducted into the St. Cloud State University Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 23.
Collegiately, the defenseman recorded 78 points (28 goals, 50 assists) in 105 games. He was named to the NCAA (Western College Hockey Association) First All-Star Team for his play during the 1990-91 season in which he registered 49 points (19 goals, 30 assists) in 41 games. He had his number 24 retired by St. Cloud State University in 2010.
Selected in the 10th round (198th overall) of the 1988 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues, Hedican produced 294 points (55 goals, 239 assists) in 1,039 games across 17 seasons. His career spanned coast-to-coast as he played professionally for the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes and Anaheim Ducks. He played in his 1,000th National Hockey League game on September 6, 2008 as a member of the Anaheim Ducks against the St. Louis Blues.
In 108 playoff games, Hedican registered four goals, 22 assists and a plus-10 rating. He won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.
Hedican represented the United States on numerous occasions, including several World Championships (1997, 1999 and 2001) and a couple Olympic (1992 and 2006) appearances.
After announcing his retirement in 2009, Hedican joined the Sharks Radio Network for the start of the 2014-15 season and just recently finished his third season with the team. Hedican works alongside venerable play-by-play announcer Dan Rusanowsky (@DanRusanowsky), adding his well-respected analysis on the team’s flagship station, 98.5 FM KFOX and the Sharks Radio Network.
Hedican joined the Sharks broadcast team full-time after spending five seasons as a pre-game, post-game and analyst for NBC California’s coverage of Sharks hockey and “Inside the Glass” analyst for NBCSN.
He provided radio color commentary for Westwood One’s coverage of the 2014 men’s and women’s Olympic hockey tournament in Sochi.
Philanthropically, Hedican sits on the board of the Always Dream Foundation, where they inspire underserved children to reach for their dreams through innovative reading programs and by advancing the cause of early childhood literacy.