Chicago Blackhawks forward Connor Bedard representing Team Canada
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Connor Bedard Makes Major Statement on Canadian WJC Loss

Published January 4, 2024 at 9:21

The 2024 World Junior Championship was not one for Canada to remember, but for unfortunate reasons.

The Canadian team faced difficulties throughout the tournament, struggling to find real cohesion among its players. Their journey ended in a bitter quarterfinal loss to the Czech Republic, with a score of 3-2.

The winning goal was scored just seconds before the end, delivering a crushing blow to the Canadian players.

For a hockey nation like Canada, where only a gold medal is considered a true success, failing to at least reach the podium is seen as unacceptable.

In response to this disappointment, Chicago Blackhawks' young star, Connor Bedard, publicly expressed his heartbreak and broke the silence on the team's performance, having shone in the previous edition.

Connor Bedard heartbroken by Canada's loss at the World Junior Championship: "I know a lot of guys on the team, and as Canadians, we take great pride in it. I feel bad for those guys and I know how hard they played. It sucks, for sure.

- Connor Bedard

It's clear that the 18-year-old is shaken by the outcome, especially considering that, technically, Bedard could have represented his country this year and the next.

It's remarkable to think that the Canadian team could have had a generational talent like Bedard for two more consecutive editions, after he dominated the 2023 competition with nine goals and 23 points in just seven games.

Canada also missed the potential inclusion of players like Adam Fantilli, Kevin Korchinski, Shane Wright, and Zach Benson in this year's team, who were not released by their respective NHL teams.

Having two or three of these players in the lineup could have significantly changed the outcome for Team Canada. Unfortunately, the country often faces the challenge of young players making it to the NHL before the age of 20, impacting the national team's performance.

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