Connor Bedard happy to fill any position with the Canadian team at the World Youth Championship – Regina | The Canadian News

Connor Bedard has joined another elite roster.

After being the first player in WHL history to receive exceptional status, forward Regina Pats recently became the seventh player to be named to Team Canada’s World Youth Team when she was 16 years old, joining players as Wayne Gretzky (1978). , Eric Lindros (1989), Jason Spezza (2000), Jay Bouwmeester (2000), Sidney Crosby (2004) and, more recently, Connor McDavid (2014).

“It’s quite special,” Bedard said. “Growing up watching the tournament and then finding out that you made the team is definitely a dream come true.”

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After being invited to the selection field, Bedard made it difficult for the Canadian team bosses to leave him off the list after his performance during the four-day test. The North Vancouver, BC product led Canada in scoring with two goals and four assists in two exhibition games against the USPORTS stars.

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“I was happy with my camp,” said Bedard, who scored 24 points in 24 games for the Pats before heading to draft camp. “Upon entering, I really didn’t know what to expect. Obviously, you want to be part of the team, but there is so much talent that you don’t really know.

“I don’t know if stressful is the word, but you’re sitting waiting and obviously a little nervous. Finding out finally and knowing that you will be able to play on the team was great. “

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With Canada trying to improve on last year’s silver medal, Bedard is keen to adapt to whatever role he is asked to play in the tournament.

“Whether he’s the thirteenth striker or he’s on the front row, he’s still happy to represent his country,” said Bedard. “For me, every time I go out and have the opportunity to make a difference, obviously I will do everything I can to achieve it.”

Team Canada opens the tournament on Boxing Day against the Czech Republic. The gold medal game is scheduled for Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

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