June 3, 2023

Connor Bedard makes history with haul at CHL Awards

There’s no questioning Connor Bedard had a season for the record books.

The Canadian Hockey League took that literally.

Bedard, No. 1 in FCHockey’s Final ranking for the 2023 NHL Draft, nabbed a trio of honors on Saturday to become the first player to net the CHL’s Top Prospect Award, the David Branch Player of the Year Award, and the Top Scorer Award. He led all CHL skaters in goals (71), points (143), shots on goal (360), and points per game (2.51) in 57 regular-season games this past season with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League. He was held pointless in just five games this season.

The 17-year-old was also the first to win three league awards since Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters in 2015. McDavid scored the David Branch Player of the Year, Top Prospect, and Scholastic Player of the Year nods.

Bedard had previously captured the Bob Clarke Trophy as WHL top scorer and the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as the WHL player of the year.

The North Vancouver, British Columbia product has 271 points (134 goals, 137 assists) in 134 career WHL games after he was the first player ever granted exceptional status into the WHL.

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