Connor Bedard receives bold text message after he hit the Michigan

Published December 28, 2023 at 9:50
Connor Bedard of the Chicago Blackhawks made headlines on Saturday with an incredible "Michigan" move against the St. Louis Blues. In a surprising twist, Trevor Zegras of the Anaheim Ducks pulled off the same move later that day against Seattle, causing a buzz in the hockey world. Bedard even got a text from Zegras.

"It was kind of funny," Bedard said. "It's rare for them to go in. For a couple to happen on the same night, it's a funny coincidence."

Before the game, Zegras was challenged by a local reporter to try it as a Christmas gift. And he did.

"I don't think it's something you go into a game planning on," Bedard said. "It's so hard to get space behind the net like that. If it's there, I just see it as a good scoring chance. Obviously it's fancier. I think goalies are obviously getting more certain of reading it and stuff, but sometimes might catch them off guard. If it's there, it was obviously there for myself and him, we both got fortunate that we scored on."

When asked which one he liked better between the two, Bedard gave a humble answer: "I liked Zegras'. He picked it up kind of with his toe there, so I think that's a little harder."

Wayne Gretzky was in the house when Bedard scored the goal. The Great One was impressed, acknowledging that it's not something he believed he could've pulled off.

'I couldn't do what he did tonight," Gretzky said. "That just wasn't in my repertoire. I didn't have the right kind of curve. Hully [Bobby Hull] could do it. I could never do what he did tonight. It was fun to watch. My daughter Emma is with me. And she goes, 'Dad, did you ever do that?' And I said 'No, I could never do that.'

Bedard heard Gretzky's comments and was honored by them.

'I'm sure if he tried, he could do it pretty well," Bedard said. "It's cool. Obviously probably one if not the best players to ever play the game. The fact that he knows who I am is pretty cool. To hear him talk about me and have him say some kind words is special.'
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Connor Bedard receives bold text message after he hit the Michigan

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