The North Vancouver 17-year-old will go for gold along with his Canadian teammates in a uncommon summer season version of the match usually held over the winter break.
It’s Christmas in August for North Vancouver’s Connor Bedard and the remainder of Crew Canada as they prepare, for the second time, to play the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships.
The hockey match that includes the most effective U20 gamers on the planet is often a traditional Canadian pastime over the winter break, however this 12 months’s occasion was cancelled Dec. 29, 2021, after three days of play following an increase in COVID-19 circumstances in and amongst the groups in Edmonton and Crimson Deer, Alta. The younger weapons are getting one other crack at glory this month because the occasion is about to restart Aug. 9 in Edmonton and conclude with the gold medal recreation on Saturday, Aug. 20.
The scores, standings and swimming pools have all been reset for the summer season occasion, with Canada touchdown in a bunch with Finland, Czechia, Slovakia and Latvia. The opposite group will characteristic the US, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Russia has not been invited to play within the match as a result of nation’s invasion of Ukraine.
Listed here are the instances for Canada’s opening spherical video games:
Aug. 10: Latvia vs. Canada at 3 p.m. PT
Aug. 11: Slovakia vs. Canada at 3 p.m. PT
Aug. 13: Canada vs. Czechia at 3 p.m. PT
Aug. 15: Canada vs. Finland at 3 p.m. PT
The primary try on the match was lower brief, but it surely lasted lengthy sufficient for Bedard to make a significant impression. The Regina Pats ahead grew to become the youngest participant within the occasion’s historical past to attain 4 objectives in a single recreation when he achieved the feat in an 11-0 win over Austria.
Bedard, who turned 17 on July 17, has already made his mark within the hockey world, turning into the primary participant to earn distinctive standing and early entry into the Western Hockey League. He was named the 2020-‘21 WHL Rookie of the 12 months, and starred as a “double-underage” participant for Canada on the 2021 IIHF U-18 World Championships, the place he co-led Canada in scoring with 14 factors in seven video games, serving to the crew win gold. He is among the favourites to be chosen first total within the 2023 NHL draft.
Bedard shall be joined on the crew by one other younger star with North Shore ties. Port Moody’s Kent Johnson, a former North Shore Winter Membership participant, shall be an assistant captain for Crew Canada.
Your entire 2022 World Juniors match shall be held at Rogers Place in Edmonton. Video games shall be broadcast on TSN and streamed on TSN.ca or the TSN App.