Connor Bedard will be the 2nd member of his family to play for Blackhawks
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Connor Bedard will be the 2nd member of his family to play for Blackhawks

An interesting tidbit of info lost in last night's news.



The NHL held its annual Draft Lottery yesterday evening, revealing who will have the opportunity to draft 17 year old phenom Connor Bedard 1st overall next month at the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.

And the winner is...

The Chicago Blackhawks!

The problem is... if you were paying close attention you already knew that before it was formally announced. 

ESPN analyst Kevin Weekes jumped the gun a bit, announcing that the Columbus Blue Jackets were out of the running after securing the 3rd overall selection before NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly revealed the 3rd overall pick.

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekkalainen is NOT amused:

And then... with just the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks listed as possible winners, some fans noticed a star next to the Blackhawks' name.

Check it out:

Yikes... that certainly looks to me like the NHL blew it here.

In any case, congratulations to all the Blackhawks fans out there. You're getting yourself an absolute game changer and a potential franchise player in the young Bedard.

For those not aware, Bedard is the most hyped NHL prospect since Auston Matthews was chosen 1st overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs back in 2016. There's even scouts and analysts out there saying that Bedard is a superior prospect to Matthews and is more comparable to Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid, who was drafted 1st overall in 2015.

Bedard, a native of North Vancouver, BC, put up a historic 71 goals and 143 points in just 57 games with the WHL's Regina Pats last season. Even better though, he put up nine goals and 23 points in just seven games en route to a Gold medal victory at the World Junior Championships with an OT victory over the Czech Republic.

I mean... just watch this kid:

Chicago is getting a good one.

Interestingly enough though, Bedard will NOT be the first member of his family to suit up for the Blackhawks. In an incredible story published to, Mike Morreale discovered that Bedard's great-great Uncle James Bedard played 22 games with the Blackhawks over two seasons from 1949-1951. 


Connor Bedard wouldn't be the first in his family to play for the Chicago Blackhawks if they decide to choose the 17-year-old star center from Regina of the Western Hockey League in the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft. 

The Blackhawks won the 2023 NHL Draft Lottery on Monday and with it a chance to choose Bedard, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2023 draft. If it happened, he'd be the second Bedard to possibly play for the Original Six franchise.

Connor's great-great uncle James Bedard played 22 games over two seasons with the Black Hawks from 1949-51. A defenseman, he had no points in five games in 1949-50 and two points (one goal) in 17 games in 1950-51.

The great uncle of Tom Bedard, Connor's father, played for Kansas City and Milwaukee of the United States Hockey League and New Westminster, Seattle and Vancouver of the Western Hockey League.

Source: Mike Morreale