Connor Bedard will sit alone atop the Canadian record books in multiple disciplines if he records one more point at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship.
The 17-year-old winger has 18 points through just four games in this year’s tournament, a Canadian single tournament record with three more games to play. Projected No. 1 in the 2023 NHL Draft. 1 overall pick will pass Eric Lindros for all-time in his world junior career with his next point by a Canadian player.
They will have their first chance to set records on Monday in Canada’s quarter-final against Slovakia.
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Both Dale McCourt (1977) and Brayden Schenn (2011) managed to record 18 points at the World Juniors, and Bedard joined Canada on the list Saturday after posting four assists in a 5-1 win over Sweden.
|Dale McCourt (1977)||9||10||18|
|Brayden Shen (2011)||11||8||18|
|Connor Bedard (2023)*||13||6||18|
|Wayne Gretzky (1978)||15||8||17|
|Mason McTavish (2022)||17||8||17|
|Eric Lindros (1991)||18||6||17|
|Dylan Cozens (2021)||22||8||16|
|Cody Hodgson (2009)||24||5||16|
After his dominant performance against Sweden, Bedard remains on pace to break the all-time record for points in the tournament – a feat he has never come close to challenging since Peter Forsberg set it in 1993.
Forsberg’s 31 points in seven games at the 1993 World Juniors were seven more than any other player recorded at the annual event. Forsberg’s teammate that year, Markus Näslund, tied with Finland’s Raimo Helminen for the second most points all-time with 24 points at the World Juniors tournament in 1984.
With 18 points through four games, Bedard is on pace to post 13.5 points — for a total of 31.5 — through the remainder of the tournament if Canada is to advance to the medal round.
Bedard is just two points away from becoming the seventh player in tournament history — and the first in 30 years — to reach the 20-point mark. Forsberg, Naslund and Helminen join Robert Reichel (21 points in 1990), Vladimir Ruzica (20 points in 1983) and Isa Keskinen (20 points in 1985) in that category.
A win over Slovakia on Monday would ensure Canada would play two games in the tournament and keep Bedard’s record chase alive.