Connor Bedard is coming to town. The most anticipated talent in the hockey world is back in his hometown to play the Vancouver Giants at Langley Events Centre on Friday, November 25th. The 17-year-old is the obvious lottery pick in next summer’s NHL draft and it’s no surprise that he’s creating a ton of buzz for his games in his home province as the Regina Pats take on a five-game road trip in BC.
I asked Connor Bedard if he’s been watching the #Canucks start to the season:
He laughed & said: “I try to watch as many games as I can, I’m obviously a big fan since I was a kid. I’ve been watching a bit, we’ve been pretty busy so I’ve missed a few games. Been trying to watch” pic.twitter.com/qIg8JO3YZb
— Randip Janda (@RandipJanda) November 24, 2022
Obviously a young superstar like this is good for business, but the WHL has never quite seen a talent take over arenas like Connor Bedard. Not only has the North Vancouver product sold out his game at the Langley Events Centre, but he’s also sold out his games against the Victoria Royals on Saturday and the Kelowna Rockets on Tuesday.
I don’t think there’s been this type of hype for a hockey phenom since Connor McDavid, and that’s saying something. The appeal is real for a kid who’s taking the world by storm and leading the WHL in points with 48 points and 19 goals in only 22 games, and a handful of those goals are nothing less than spectacular.
Imagine lining up to start a game and within 10 seconds Connor Bedard does this to you pic.twitter.com/stcxLfTzs9
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) November 18, 2022
I find it incredible how cool, calm, and collected Bedard has been under the spotlight and how he’s been proving he’s worth that top spot in the NHL draft. The team that gets the first pick better hold onto that and cherish it because they’re getting a generational talent that will shift the franchise for years to come.
This is something the Canucks would love right about now, and I’m sure Bedard wouldn’t mind either, since he’s also a huge Canucks fan. Bedard even said last year that his favorite player was former Canuck, Tyler Motte and that he’s been trying his best to stay up-to-date with the team this season. But wherever Bedard goes, it’ll be special to see a Vancouver product shine on hockey’s biggest stage.