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CONNOR BEDARD, GRANTED CHL EXCEPTIONAL STATUS, HEADS TO EUROPE

Connor Bedard, who has been called the best 15-year-old hockey player in the world, has gone to Sweden to train for the upcoming season. According to reports out of that country, he may end up playing there for a little while.

Bedard has been granted "exceptional status" in order to play in the CHL as a 15-year-old. He is the first player in the Western Hockey League to ever be granted that status, and just the sixth in the CHL behind John Tavares (2005), Aaron Ekblad (2011), Connor McDavid (2012), Sean Day (2013), and Joe Veleno (2015). With the CHL attempting to start the 2020-21 season in December, Bedard has headed to Europe to train with Sweden's HV71 junior team for the time being and, according to reports, he may end up playing at least a few games there until the WHL gets its season underway.

Max Bolin, one of the manager's of the HV71 junior team, is extremely excited about having Bedard train there.

"Topskills! Fast hands, fantastic skating and a very nice look for the game," said Bolin. "That our players now get the chance to measure themselves with him and learn from him ... It's fantastic!"



"We had a furnished apartment ready when he arrived," Bolin added. "He has been given a key to the ice rink so that he can access our facilities whenever he wants. Everyone who has seen him on YouTube knows that he is a training freak who loves to shoot and is constantly work on details in his game. We give him that opportunity. He also brings his sister here, so she lives with him and we have made sure that she is also well taken care of. He has been given a bicycle so that he can easily get to and from the ice rink."

TIM TUCKER
SEPTEMBER 14, 2020  (8H17)
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