Bret Hedican helps welcome Bauer-Emerson to community

National Hockey League legend and North St. Paul native Bret Hedican speaks to students in the Bauer-Emerson Prep Academy gymnasium. (Tim Faklis/Review staff)

NHL legend, North St. Paul native visits new private school

On the first Friday of the Bauer-Emerson Prep Academy school year, students and faculty alike welcomed in former U.S. Olympian, National Hockey League All-Star and Stanley Cup winner Bret Hedican to help officially open their new school.

North St. Paul mayor Mike Kuehn and other city officials were also on hand for the event, which included a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the official unveiling of the private school, which will offer academic classes and an intensive hockey program.

“Most of the city council are big hockey people. I reffed for a number of years, even for Mr. Hedican and put him in the penalty box,” Kuehn joked. “See how he learned and progressed? It all started from that penalty call.”

Kuehn presented Hedican, along with the Bauer-Emerson co-founders, Tom Forsythe and Greg Gartner, with official North St. Paul snowman pins at the unveiling.

Hedican said a few words before the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and also spoke to the students in the school gym following the outdoor activities.

The school is renting space in the former North St. Paul Community Center and has an option to purchase the building.

The new school has decided to leave the Minnesota State High School League for hockey, and instead will play with the North American Prospects Hockey League - a league made up of 32 Midget Major (ages 18 and under) and Midget Minor (ages 16 and under) teams from 16 programs nationwide that compete at the USA Hockey Tier I level. 

Hedican is a graduate of North High School and played his college hockey at St. Cloud State University. He was selected for the 1992 U.S. Olympic hockey team, and played professionally with the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes and Anaheim Ducks.

“As somebody who grew up right here in North St. Paul, when Greg [Gartner] talked about this school, I got excited,” Hedican said. “I look at all the young faces, and the opportunity not only to be a better hockey player, but to also be a great student.”

-Tim Faklis


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