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Deep Blue Sea: Bedard makes Canada’s WJC roster at 16

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Connor Bedard #17 of Canada in action in the first period against Russia during the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Gold Medal Game at Comerica Center on May 06, 2021 in Frisco, Texas. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Team Canada’s 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship roster was announced last night, and among the list of names was 16-year old Connor Bedard, who becomes just the eighth player in tournament history to make the team at that age.

Bedard joins Wayne Gretzky, Bill Campbell, Eric Lindros, Jay Bouwmeester, Jason Spezza, Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid as the only players in the nation’s history to compete in the World Junior Championship at 16 years old.

“It’s a dream come true. To finally hear that I made it is definitely pretty surreal. They came to our doors and told us there, and you couldn’t believe it. It was a long wait,” Bedard told media following the announcements of the roster.

Bedard is currently playing in his second season with the Regina Pats in the Western Hockey League. In his first season, he totaled 12 goals and 16 assists through 15 games. He has slightly fallen off production-wise this season, but has still been dominant, with 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) through 24 games.

He is a projected top-two draft pick in the 2023 NHL entry draft, as he battles with Russian forward Matvei Michkov for that top selection.

The tournament will get underway on Dec. 26, with Canada taking on the Czech Republic at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.

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