FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 6, 2006
Bret Hedican To Replace Injured Aaron Miller On
2006 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team
Team USA Names Martin, Cullen and Ryan Miller To "Taxi Squad"
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Bret Hedican (St. Paul, Minn.) of the Carolina Hurricanes will replace the injured Aaron Miller (Buffalo, N.Y.) of the Los Angeles Kings on the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team it was announced today by Don Waddell, general manager of Team USA.
"We feel bad for Aaron that he's unable to be part of the team," said Waddell. "At the same time we're extremely fortunate to be able to replace Aaron with someone the caliber of Bret Hedican."
Hedican has logged 18 points (5-13) in 51 games with Carolina this season while averaging more than 20 minutes played per game. He last put on a USA jersey at the 2001 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship, where he scored two goals and had two assists in nine games for the U.S. Men's National Team.
Waddell also announced that Matt Cullen (Virginia, Minn.) of the Carolina Hurricanes; Paul Martin (Elk River, Minn.) of the New Jersey Devils; and Ryan Miller (East Lansing, Mich.) of the Buffalo Sabres will make up Team USA's "taxi squad" for the XX Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy.
The players will be available as potential replacements for Team USA members injured during the course of the Olympic Games.