Exceptional Connor Bedard’s play leaves no doubt he’ll succeed in WHL


  • 14-year old Connor Bedard has become the first player in CHL history to be granted exceptional status into the WHL.
  • What makes him so special?
  • Because he is, by all accounts, simply that good.
  • For starters, as a 14-year-old playing at the U-17 level in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League — which stretches from British Columbia to Manitoba — the North Vancouver centreman was named the league’s most valuable player.
  • At age 14, he won the scoring title with 43-41-84 in 36 games. That’s an average of 2.3 points and 1.2 goals per game, playing against 15- and 16-year-olds.
  • That, Hockey Canada felt, will translate at the Western Hockey League level, where Bedard — whose father works in the B.C. logging industry — will line up against 16-20-year-olds next year in the WHL.
  • The question is an obvious one: Can a 15-year-old survive on the ice with teenagers — and a few 20-year-olds — who are bigger, stronger and more mature physically? Will the WHL eat that player alive? Or is it truly the best place for him to develop, having clearly reaped everything he can out of Midget hockey?
  • Bedard is a five-foot-eight, 165-pound right-shot centreman. He turns 15 in July, and is already represented by the Newport Sports Management, a whale in the hockey agent industry.
  • The OHL has seen five players who were granted ‘exceptional player status’: John Tavares, Aaron Ekblad, Connor McDavid, Sean Day, and Shane Wright. Detroit Red Wings draft pick Joe Veleno is the lone example in the QMJHL.
  • Connor Bedard is the first ever ‘exceptional player’ out West.
  • This will be fun to watch.
Connor Bedard SHATTERS Ankles in Game Winning OT GOAL!!

Sources & Credits: Mark Spector, Sportsnet / TSN
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