Connor Bedard continues to prove why he's the new face of the NHL

Published December 7, 2023 at 11:26 PM

In a surprising turn of events, it has been revealed that Connor Bedard has solidified his position as the face of the NHL, according to Google Trends. Over the past year, Bedard has emerged as the most globally searched player, particularly during three specific situations:

Connor Bedard during the Corey Perry situation
Connor Bedard during the World Junior Championship (WJC) last season
Connor Bedard during his debut in the NHL
Interestingly, the 18-year-old Bedard's online popularity outshines even the attention garnered by other prominent players achieving significant milestones, such as Alex Ovechkin reaching 800 goals, Connor McDavid hitting 150 points, and Matthew Tkachuk's playoff run.

Things Bedard has achieved in just two months in the NHL:

Became the #1 jersey sale in the NHL
Accumulated 20 points in the NHL
Scored at a remarkable 38-goal pace
Contributed to the Blackhawks having the largest year-over-year boost in in-game attendance in the NHL
Emerged as the leading figure in the third-largest TV market in hockey
Became the youngest player to have a 4-point game since the 1940s
Leads his team in shots, goals, and points
Ranks 7th in the NHL in even-strength goals, tied with Pastrnak, Kucherov, and Boeser
Handled a wild personal rumor
Successfully went 1/1 in the shootout against one of the best goalies in the world, Juuse Saros

This unexpected recognition underscores Bedard's growing influence and popularity within the hockey community, achieved in just two months of NHL playing time. Bedard continued to prove his prowess on Thursday, December 7th, with a remarkable assist to set up his teammate Philip Kurashev, securing the Blackhawks' 1-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

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Connor Bedard continues to prove why he's the new face of the NHL

Does Bedard deserve all the recognition he is getting?

Yes8471.8 %
No, it is too much3328.2 %
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