The Regina Pats Hockey Club has announced that forward Connor Bedard is headed to Sweden to train and practice with the HV71 junior program until the start of the 2020-21 WHL season.
Bedard is the first player in WHL history to be awarded exceptional status and will play in the league as a 15-year-old. The Pats drafted him first overall earlier in 2020.
“We are excited for Connor and this opportunity,” said Pats VP of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Paddock. “We fully support his decision and look forward to when he comes to Regina for when our season starts in December.”
“I’m really looking forward to this unique opportunity,” said Connor Bedard. “I look forward to being able to develop in Sweden with HV71 and prepare myself for when I arrive in Regina. Hopefully we can be playing in front of the fans in December.”
Bedard, from Vancouver, BC put up 43 goals and 84 points in 35 games with the West Van Warriors in 2019-20, leading the CSSHL in scoring and was named the league MVP.