• Patrolling the blue-line for Modo in the Swedish Elite League, Hedman recorded 21 points (7-14-21) in 43 games to earn the Rookie of the Year honors in 2008-09.
HEDMAN, TAVARES, DUCHENE HEADING TO TAMPA
HEDMAN A ONE-TIME TWO-SPORT STAR
HEDMAN SAYS HE HAS NOTHING TO PROVE AT COMBINE
HEDMAN LEADS FINAL EUROPEAN RANKINGS
TAVARES, HEDMAN LEAD MIDTERM DRAFT LISTS
• For the second year in a row, he represented Team Sweden at the World Junior Championships, winning a silver medal each year -- in 2008 he was an All-Star selection. Hedman also represented Sweden on the Under-18 team, winning a gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament and a bronze at the World Championships.
• He was born in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden; a town of less than 55,000 people known for producing star NHL players, including: Peter Forsberg, Markus Naslund, Daniel and Henrik Sedin and Niklas Sundstrom.
• A familiar opponent this season was his brother, Oscar, who plays for Frolunda HC. His oldest brother, Johan, plays for Morrum in the Swedish Elite League Division II.
• At the age of five Hedman began skating, trying to follow in his older brothers footsteps – “my brothers and my parents have always supported me and have been a big part of my career”.
• He patterns his game after top Swedish defenseman and Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom and his most memorable international hockey moment was watching Sweden capture the 2006 Olympics and World Championships.
• Outside of hockey, Hedman has a love for flying (his grandfather was a pilot in the military) and he hopes to get his pilot’s license in the near future.
SWEDEN'S HEDMAN ONE TO WATCH AT 2009 NHL DRAFT
HEDMAN CHASING DOWN TAVARES
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom
Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill
FM '08 and FM '09
Pasta and Chicken