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Connor Bedard receives a check from Brendan Smith
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Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach shares his thoughts on if Smith's check on Bedard was dirty

Published January 6, 2024 at 9:15
BY JOSH

In the first period of last night's game against the New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks forward Connor Bedard was on the receiving end of a huge hit. As Bedard crossed the blueline, he weaved his way between a couple of Devils before running directly into the arm of Brendan Smith. The collision sent Bedard to the ice clutching his face.



Bedard left the game and would not return. Since the hit occured they're has been plenty of debate as to whether the hit was clean or dirty with many people chiming in on the matter. Former NHLer Aaron Ward had this to say:




After the game Blackhawks Head Coach Luke Richardson shared the following sentiment on how he viewed the hit.

I don't know if it was dirty. I think Connor was reaching for a puck and didn't see him. I don't think he stepped up on him. I just think he kind of stopped and Connor ran headfirst right into him.



It's clear that unlike some fans, Richardson doesn't have any objections to the hit. While the Blackhawks on the ice still needed to send a message, it's clear that the Head Coach feels there is more for Bedard to learn. Hopefully for the league's sake, Bedard doesn't miss significant time.
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Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach shares his thoughts on if Smith's check on Bedard was dirty

Was this hit clean or dirty?

Clean72486.3 %
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