Mr. Tom Hedican

Biography / November 6, 2014

Mr. Tom Hedican, a professional hockey goaltending consultant, was appointed as Honorary Colonel of 51 Aerospace Control and Warning (Operational Training) Squadron, 22 Wing North Bay ON in September 2014.

Honorary Colonel Hedican was born in North Bay and graduated from Scollard Hall High School. He is a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph as well as a journalism diploma from Canadore College in North Bay.

Combining both of his passions, he has served as the senior editor at the London Free Press and Assistant Coach for the London Knights hockey team. Upon his return to North Bay, Honorary Colonel Hedican became Associate Coach and General Manager for the North Bay Centennial hockey team. In his present role as a goaltending consultant, he is engaged internationally in Europe as well as in the United States and Canada.

Honorary Colonel Hedican has been widely recognized for his achievements in hockey and journalism. He holds two Ontario Championship awards and an Honour Award for outstanding play from the University of Guelph and is an inductee in the North Bay Sports Hall of Fame. In journalism he received the Nugget Award as top graduate from Canadore College; however, he has received particular acclaim for his volunteerism, receiving the June Callwood Award for Outstanding Volunteerism in Ontario. Honorary Colonel Hedican is the founder of the Coach4Food program that he started in 2005. Coach4Food has now partnered with Ontario Hockey League's Shutout Hunger Program, whereby OHL coaches donate their time and coaching talents to minor hockey teams in return for donations to their local food banks. The program has now spread to 18 communities with OHL teams. To date (2014) the Coach4Food program has collected more than 600,000 pounds of food – 500,000 pounds in North Bay alone.

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