2023 IIHF World Junior Championship

2023 World Juniors: Connor Bedard Matches Canadian Scoring Records In Win

2023 World Juniors: Connor Bedard Matches Canadian Scoring Records In Win

Connor Bedard had four points in a win over Sweden to tie two Canadian records for points scored at the World Juniors.

Jan 1, 2023 by Chris Peters
2023 World Juniors: Connor Bedard Matches Canadian Scoring Records In Win

Connor Bedard tied two Canadian scoring records with his four-assist effort in Canada's 5-1 win over Sweden to close out the preliminary round at the 2023 World Junior Championship.

Bedard now has 18 points in four games at the 2023 World Juniors, which matches the single-tournament scoring record for a Canadian co-held by Dale McCourt (1976) and Brayden Schenn (2011). Both of those prior record holders accomplished their scoring feats in seven games. Bedard did it in three fewer games.

In addition to matching the single-tournament record, Bedard is also tied with Eric Lindros for Canada's career scoring record at the World Juniors. Lindros had 31 points in 21 games played over three trips to the World Juniors. Bedard has 31 points in 13 career WJC games.

Bedard had also previously matched Jordan Eberle's career goals by a Canadian at the World Juniors already, with 14.

It should be noted that the IIHF is counting stats from the 2022 World Juniors games that were played before the event was postponed for COVID reasons. That event was restarted the following summer in total, but the games that were played before are being counted for individual records. 

So Bedard's record may come with an asterisk that five of his points came in a cancelled tournament, but he still has 31 points in 13 career games, which is absolutely absurd. And let's not forget that he's doing all of this as an underage player in the tournament. All of his points have come at ages 16 and 17 in a tournament that is typically dominated by 19-year-olds.

Bedard has averaged 4.5 points in the 2023 tournament. He had a goal in Canada's loss to Czechia in the opener, seven points against Germany, six points against Austria and now four against Sweden.

Canada will play Slovakia in the quarterfinals Monday, which will offer Bedard a chance to break all of the Canadian scoring records he is currently tied in. Should Canada win, they are guaranteed two more games for Bedard to achieve more history.

The projected No. 1 pick for the 2023 NHL Draft probably will need another trip to the World Juniors to have a shot at either of the single-tournament and career scoring records, which are both held by Peter Forsberg, who had 31 points at the 1993 World Junior Championship and 42 points in his WJC career. Odds are he'll be playing in the NHL next time around, though.

Bedard continues to defy any sort of logic when it comes to what is possible for a player of his age in this tournament and he's not done yet. History in the making.