The NHL dropped the puck on its 107th season last night, and the first in which Connor Bedard will be a competitor in.
It’s already looking like neither will be the same going forward.
With intense media scrutiny in two countries, with a showcase position in a season-opening tripleheader for ESPN, Bedard and his Chicago Blackhawks did not disappoint, as CNN’s Ben Church recounted:
Bedard lived up to the lofty expectations surrounding his National Hockey League (NHL) debut on Tuesday, helping the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The 18-year-old has been touted as a generational talent and coped well with the pressure as he dazzled inside the PPG Paints Arena, picking up an all-important assist.
“It was a lot of fun,” Bedard told reporters after making his debut.
“I think, for me, it’s just trying to get better every shift, get better every game. I created a bit. There’s obviously things I can get better at, but it felt pretty good.”
The Blackhawks found themselves 2-0 down in the second period, but the visitors eventually clicked into gear to stage a comeback win in front of a packed out arena.