The Connor Bedard hype is unescapable and the NHL wants you to know it

Oct 11, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Connor Bedard (98) puts his helmet back on during the third period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

As he took the ice for his traditional solo rookie lap prior to Tuesday’s season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a helmetless Connor Bedard thumbed his nose at the establishment and won over a contingency of casual fans in the process.


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