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Regina Patz star Conor Bedard cherishes world junior gold medal

Conor Bedard is looking forward to training camp for the Regina Putts after helping Canada win a World Junior Hockey title that was delayed due to COVID.

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Conor Bedard is celebrating his gold medal without battling the cold.

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The Regina Pats Center recently helped Canada win its first summer World Junior Hockey Championship.

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Canada closed out the tournament on Saturday by beating Finland 3-2 in the championship game with Kent Johnson scoring at 3:20 in extra time in Edmonton.

Bedard, 17, told the Regina Reader Post from her home in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

“When the goal in extra time is scored, it’s really hard to believe that you can win the gold medal in seconds, because you’ve seen it grow. It was pretty special, for sure.”

Without Canadian forward Mason McTavish, the game could have easily gone the other way. McTavish threw the puck out of the air and brushed off trouble to prevent Finland’s main scoring chance in a sudden death play.

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“It was crazy,” Bedard marveled. “I was there for it. was an unrealistic save.”

And the unreal feeling of finally conquering the world junior.

The first 2022 tournament began in December but was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak after Canada played its first two matches.

The International Ice Hockey Federation has decided to start over with the event starting on August 9th.

“In December, we saw how good our team was,” Bedard said. “It was a really great opportunity to get together again in the summer and finish what we started.”

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Bedard finished the tournament with 4 goals and 4 assists in 7 games. Most memorable was his stunning goal in his 6–3 round-robin match against Finland on 15 August.

He received a pass from McTavish, blew it down the right flank, and set social media ablaze after unleashing a rocket that found the upper corner behind goalkeeper Lievi Mellainen.

It was an NHL-class howitzer — something to expect from a generational player who is the first overall drafted virtual lock in 2023 — but the goalscorer himself takes it in stride.

“I just shot it and it went in,” Bedard said bluntly. “It was like his two-minute shift, probably a nightmare shift for a coach. I was just trying to hit the spot.

What he did was a shot that quickly went viral.

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“Most junior world goals will be posted in some place,” Bedard said. “It’s so nice to have that happen, but you don’t think much about it.”

The same idea was applied when the gold medal was hung around Bedard’s neck.

“There is nothing on your mind,” he said. “You are not thinking.

“It’s still crazy. When I go into my room at home and look at it, it’s just unbelievable. I have so many emotions and I barely know what to think or feel.”

The Summer Games didn’t feel any different from Bedard’s perspective once the games started.

“The only difference is that instead of playing three months and then going to the Junior Worlds, I spent a few months training and working out,” he said. “Other than that, it felt pretty normal.”

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With training camp just a week away, Patz is back to normal in no time.

“I’m excited to be back in Regina and start some games,” said Bedard, who scored 100 points (including 51 goals) in 62 WHL contests last season.

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Regina Patz star Conor Bedard cherishes world junior gold medal

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