Almost everything Connor Bedard does belies his birth certificate, which incidentally reads July 17, 2005. A lot of us have concert T-shirts older than that. Yes, Connor Bedard is just 13. Barely. And yes, he’s being profiled in The Hockey News, making him perhaps the youngest player who has received such a distinction. And while today’s 13-year-old phenom could well be 2022’s 17-year-old fourth-liner, everything Bedard does reveals markers of future greatness.
He trains like a man, skates like a man, shoots like a man and has been playing with older players since he first started playing the game at five. He is mature beyond his years and is driven in the same way Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid were at the same age. So it should come as no surprise that Bedard is drawing the same kinds...
About the Author
Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.