Youll be hearing this on an extremely regular basis for the next 15-20 years: Connor Bedard had himself a night on Thursday.
From his first game to first NHL goal to everything in between, Bedard has already had his fair share of moments, but on Thursday the 18-year-old really announced his arrival to the hockey world with the first multi-goal, four-point night of his young career — in just his 12th game.
Super rookie Connor Bedard went off against the Lightning on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris OMeara) (AP)With this beauty as time ticked down in the first period, Bedard became the youngest player in
Blackhawks history to record a multi-goal game.Not only was the ability to corral that pass and finish in tight at that speed immaculate, but the little no-look, toe-tap back pass he makes in transition to get the puck to Foligno after gaining position on
Nikita Kucherov and robbing him with a quick stick lift at the Tampa blue line is an absolute piece of magic from the kid.
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Just absurd.ITS A 2-GOAL, 3-POINT PERIOD FOR CONNOR BEDARD pic./KQenTU8qvR— Blackhawks Talk (NBCSBlackhawks)
November 10, 2023That sensational tuck came just over two minutes after Bedard potted his second point of the opening period with a primary assist via this subtle — but nasty — no-look feed over to
Tyler Johnson to give the Blackhawks the lead for good.The no-look pass from Bedard 🤌 pic./Cjvj3Df17C
— Blackhawks Talk (NBCSBlackhawks) November 10, 2023Of course, it wouldnt be a truly great night if the star rookie didnt join a legend — and some guy you never heard of from 80 years ago — in the NHL record books, which is exactly what he did.
Youre safe for now, Bep.Youngest players in NHL history with a 4-point gameTed Kennedy (Maple Leafs, 1944) 18y 27d
Bep Guidolin (Bruins, 1944) 18y 56dConnor Bedard (#Blackhawks, 2023) 18y 115d pic./DGCgEwXeDW— Sportsnet Stats (SNstats) November 10, 2023With the effort, Bedard became youngest NHL player with a three-point first period since Pierre Turgeon in 1987,
according to Sportsnet Stats. The Vancouver, British Columbia product is also the youngest player in Blackhawks franchise history with a 3-point game.
Bedard is now up to seven goals and 11 points on the season — leading all rookies, and Blackhawks skaters, in both categories.