Victor Erik Olof Hedman (born December 18, 1990 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden) is a defenceman with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was drafted second overall by the Lightning in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Hedman began his junior hockey career in the Swedish J20 SuperElit with the Modo Hockey organization. He recorded 25 points in 34 games during his first full season in the league in 2006-07. The next year, he turned pro and joined the Elitserien with Modo at the age of 16. At the beginning of the 2008-09 season, he was ranked first overall among all draft-eligible skaters in the International Scouting Services' preliminary rankings. In the same season, he was nominated as the Elitserien Rookie of the Year 2008-09.
Hedman played for Sweden at the 2008 World Junior Championships, where he helped the team to a silver medal, losing to Team Canada 3-2 in the final, and was selected to the tournament All-Star Team. He later became one of the youngest players to play for Sweden's national men's team when he made his debut at age seventeen in an exhibition game against Norway. Hedman would once again play for Sweden's national junior team at the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ottawa, where he met Canada for the second consecutive year in the gold medal game, earning another silver medal in a 5-1 loss.
Following his performance at the 2009 World Junior Championships, Hedman was listed atop the rankings of European skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. Despite the unlikelihood of Hedman playing in Russia, he was drafted 83rd overall by the Kontinental Hockey League's Spartak Moscow on June 1, 2009. Going into the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, he was listed as the number two ranked player and top European player. This led to him being selected second overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
He made his NHL debut for the Lightning on October 3, 2009 against the Atlanta Thrashers. He also registered his first point, an assist on a Martin St. Louis goal. His first NHL goal was scored on December 5, 2009 against Dwayne Roloson of the New York Islanders.
During the 2012-13 NHL lockout, Hedman played for Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League.