Staff Canada is ready to start out or resume the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championships in Edmonton on Wednesday.
The 2022 version of the event is going down in the summertime, eight months after it was canceled just a few days later because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Regina Pats ahead Connor Bedard was on that staff over the winter and was ranked thirteenth of Canada.th forward.
This time round, some within the media are hopeful that Bedard will lead Canada to the gold medal and be the staff’s finest participant.
Regardless of the additional consideration, Bedard would not assume it would make any distinction to the way in which he performs.
“I do not know if that adjustments issues the place individuals are anticipating me to be within the lineup,” he mentioned. “It is all one of the best gamers within the nation and we’re right here and we’re all going to attempt to do what’s requested of us.
“I do not assume exterior strain or noise amplifies something.”
Bedard and his Canadian teammates have been making ready for the event for the previous week. He held coaching camp in Calgary earlier than transferring from QE2 to Edmonton.
Whereas Bedard solely had two video games to play final time earlier than the event closed, he suggests he discovered rather a lot.
“I feel I discovered rather a lot from everybody on the staff through the World Juniors (in December),” mentioned Bedard, who, at that version of the event, turned the youngest in world junior historical past to attain 4 targets in a sport. Develop into a participant ,
“You are enjoying with (some) guys within the NHL and I feel I used to be capable of take a few of that again and the second half was stronger than the primary half.”
After a comparatively gradual begin to the Pats’ 2021–22 season—Bedard had 11 targets and 18 factors within the staff’s first 22 video games—he went on a tear in Regina’s remaining 40 regular-season video games.
He had 40 targets and 42 assists in that interval and finally set staff information for targets scored by a 16-year-old (51) in a single season and by a 16-year-old (100) in a single season.
He additionally turned the youngest participant in WHL historical past to attain no less than 50 targets in a season.
However Bedard and the Pats didn’t make the playoffs. In consequence, he has obtained a full three months to arrange his physique for an important season of his hockey profession.
A possible first-overall decide within the subsequent NHL draft, Bedard says he centered on all facets of his sport to ensure he’s prepared for the season.
“I feel a whole lot of issues (I labored). Skating was a giant factor that I centered on, simply cleansing up some areas with that,” he defined.
“I have been within the health club for 3 months now, so that you’re making an attempt to get stronger and extra highly effective. After which[I practice]ability work and stuff — simply a mixture of every thing, I would say.”
Bedard thinks this Staff Canada roster might win a gold medal in Edmonton.
“Everybody’s purpose is to win a gold medal, so hopefully we will do this,” he mentioned.
Canada is to play Latvia at 4 pm, this event will run until 20 August.