Connor Bedard scores must see overtime game winner on historic night

Published January 2, 2023 at 10:18 PM

In hockey circles fans and the like have the tendency to use terms like «generational talent» to describe a player that's either touted to go very high in a draft or has exceeded any expectations the masses have had of him; this is no different with Connor Bedard of Team Canada. Given Exceptonal Status at the age of 15 so he could be drafted early into the Western Hockey League, Bedard has 192 points in 105 games for the Regina Pats, this equates to 1.82 points per game for his career.

Records are meant to be broken and in Bedard fashion during the first period of Canadas quarter final game versus Slovakia three were broken on the very same play. Bedard now owns the record for goals by a Canadian player in one tournament at 15, passing Jordan Eberle who held the record at 14 since 2010. Bedard also became the leader in points by a Canadian player passing Eric Lindros' record of 31 set that record in 1992. Finally, he broke the single tournament points record of 18 held by Dale McCourt, who held it since 1977 and Brayden Schenn who shared it since 2011.

Bedard's goal opened the scoring for the Canadians as the result of a Slovak turnover and a pass from Logan Stankoven, beating goaltender Adam Gajan up high.

At the original World Juniors in 2022 Bedard had five points before it was cancelled, he tallied eight points at the rescheduled tournament this past summer which gave him a total of thirteen entering this years tournament.

Bedard continued his streak potting seven points against Germany in Canada's second game of the tournament and followed up with six against Austria a night later. Bedard set the all-time record tonight and if that wasn't enough he went on to score this incredible game winning goal in overtime.

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