If he had been playing football, it would have been a converted touchdown.
But North Vancouver’s Connor Bedard did his damage on skates, picking up seven points in an 11-2 win over Germany Wednesday in Halifax at the IIHF 2023 World Junior Championship.
The 17-year-old scored a hat trick and added four assists as Canada got a much-needed win following a loss to Czechia to open the tournament on Boxing Day. The seven points tied a Canadian record for the most in one game at the world juniors. Bedard joined Dave Andreychuk (1983), Brenden Morrow (1999), Mike Cammalleri (2002) and Gabriel Bourque (2010) on the list of Canadian players to pick up seven points in one game.
“It’s cool,” Bedard told reporters after the game. “But that’s not a huge deal for me. It’s good to get the win.”
Others on the team, however, were a little more gushing in their praise.
“Unbelievable game,” said team captain Shane Wright. “Pretty crazy what he’s doing out there. Special night.”
Canadian head coach Dennis Williams said that Bedard was “on fire.”
“His shot was unreal,” he added. “His creativity and his poise.… He led the way.”
Bedard, who is playing in his second world juniors, now has 12 career goals at the tournament, placing him two behind Jordan Eberle for the national record.
Bedard’s highlight reel from Wednesday’s win was impressive, drawing lots of praise on social media. Check out the skill on Bedard’s first goal, a breakaway marker that gave Canada a 3-1 lead late in the first period.
Bedard then helped Canada pull away in the second, scoring twice to earn a natural hat trick and help Canada pour in six goals in the period. You can see all of the goals here:
“We were pretty hungry,” Bedard said about the game. “That was a huge way to come back.”
Canada is back on the ice today for a 3:30 p.m. Pacific time puck drop against Austria. The Canadians will wrap up preliminary round play with a New Year’s Eve game against Sweden.
- with files from The Canadian Press