Blackhawks hide Connor Bedard's Sticks in bid to keep him off the ice

Julien Trekker
April 5, 2024  (3:20 PM)

Connor Bedard on the ice with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Photo credit: AP Photo/Matt Slocum

The Chicago Blackhawks are trying everything to keep Connor Bedard off the ice, and now, they've apparently tried to hide his sticks.

If there's one thing that hockey fans all around the world can't deny about Connor Bedard, is that the sensational rookie is dedicated to the sport.
Often this season, Blackhawks head coach Luke Richardson mentioned how Bedard spent a lot of time on the ice, even too much time maybe.
When Bedard broke his jaw, back in January, he couldn't be kept away from the ice for too long: he was back at the rink only a few days after getting surgery.
"Once we gave that green light," Davidson said, "there was a zero percent chance Bedard wasn't going to play that night."

A new story emerged about Bedard and how hockey is always on his mind.

Blackhawks coaching staff hides Bedard's stick in desperate effort of keeping him off the ice.

The Blackhawks staff had to hide his sticks to keep him from playing, as they believed he needed some rest.
"... On one scheduled optional day, Bedard wanted to skate. Richardson thought Bedard needed rest, so he had the equipment staff hide Bedard's sticks in the coaches' room. Bedard is especially particular about his stick; his Sherwood features a 70 flex, its whippiness helps his signature release. 'So he has a choice to make,' Richardson said. 'Does he get out there with someone else's stick?'"

Another one came out about the time that Bedard texted Davidson, the general manager, to know why the Hawks' hockey shooting range was locked, on a Sunday night:
"The Blackhawks have a hockey shooting range at their practice facility, which they sometimes rent out for birthday parties," Kaplan wrote. "Bedard is in there so much, the team simply refers to it as 'Connor's room.' Davidson joked he would need to lock it to keep him out. It was a bit of fun, until Davidson got a text one Sunday while watching NFL games on his couch. Bedard wanted to know why the room was locked, and if Davidson did it intentionally. The innocent error was duly fixed.

Bedard is truly a unique player. With the way he behaves at 18 years old, we can't wait to see what he accomplishes in his career.
Source: NBC - Blackhawks lock the rink, hide Bedard's stick to try to keep him from practicing: report
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