In case you haven’t been watching, Connor Bedard is pretty good at hockey.
The 17-year-old has been lighting up the 2023 World Juniors. Bedard potted the overtime winner against Slovakia to punch the defending champs’ ticket to the semis.
While his second goal of the game was the highlight of the night, it was his opening goal in the first against the Slovaks that put him forever in the Canadian World Juniors record books. With one flick of a wrist, Bedard set three different Team Canada marks.
A record-breaking goal! 🚨
Connor Bedard is now:
⭐️ 🇨🇦’s all-time goal leader with 15
⭐️ 🇨🇦’s all-time points leader with 32
⭐️ 🇨🇦’s single-tournament points leader with 19
— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) January 2, 2023
By the end of the night, the consensus top pick of the 2023 NHL draft had put himself at the top of five different record books, in some cases surpassing the likes of Eric Lindros, Jaromir Jagr and Wayne Gretzky. That’s not bad company to grouped in with.
The thing is, he’s not done. With two more games guaranteed for Canada at the tournament, Bedard still has time to make more history.
MORE: Team Canada 2023 World Juniors roster, results
Here is a look at every record Bedard has broken so far at the 2023 World Juniors.
Every record Connor Bedard has broken at the 2023 World Juniors
Most World Juniors points by a Canadian
Bedard entered the 2023 World Juniors with 13 points in his World Juniors career. That counts the first version of the 2022 tournament that was canceled just days into the competition. While the games themselves didn’t count, any stats from those games that were played are still being considered in a player’s World Juniors total.
He needed just 18 points to tie Eric Lindros’ Team Canada record for most World Juniors points, and 19 to beat it. So far, he has 21 points, bringing his total to 34.
What is more impressive about Bedard’s numbers is that Lindros put up 31 points over the span of three tournaments. Bedard hasn’t even played in two full World Juniors and set a new mark.
Most World Juniors goals by a Canadian
Another record that Bedard set was the Canadian record for most career goals at the World Juniors. The record was previously set by Jordan Eberle, who ended his U20 career with 14 tallies.
Bedard entered the 2023 tournament with eight goals and has doubled that to pass Eberle.
All 16 from #16…🤩
Watch every one of Connor Bedard’s record-setting #WorldJuniors goals. pic.twitter.com/LMIU1ZysbR
— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) January 3, 2023
Most points at a single World Juniors by a Canadian
Bedard’s performance at the 2023 tournament has added to his career legacy at the World Juniors, his individual tournament has been one for the record books as well.
MORE: Who has the most points ever at the World Juniors?
Bedard passed Dale McCourt and Brayden Schenn for the Canadian record for most points in a single tournament. McCourt set the previous mark of 18 in 1977 and Schenn tied it in 2011. Now, Bedard has set it at 21 and he’s still going.
Most assists at a single World Juniors by a Canadian
Lost in all of Bedard’s goals and points have been his assists. His 13 assists at the 2023 tournament broke Jason Allison’s record of 12 for the most assists at a single World Juniors by a Canadian.
Bedard is now tied with Allison for third on Canada’s all-time World Juniors assists list with 18 career World Juniors helpers. Ryan Ellis still holds the career record with 20 — for now.
Most points at a single World Juniors by a U18 player
Not only is Bedard making history at the World Juniors, but he is also doing it at an unprecedented age.
It’s not often that you see players under the age of 18 years old at the tournament. With teams being able to bring in players up to age 19, countries typically build their rosters with the older kids.
However, when you have someone as good as Bedard, you put him on the roster. He now has the most points for a U18 player at a single tournament, breaking the previous record set by Jaromir Jagr in 1990.
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