Connor Bedard has yet to play an NHL game, but it’s entirely possible he has the best release in the league already. That release was on display in the Blackhawks rookie tournament game on Saturday.
With the Colorado Avalanche, Cale Makar went down to Pueblo and gave back, handing out equipment to young kids so they can start playing the game.
All that and more in this Sunday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Makar Gives Back
On Friday afternoon, Cale Makar was in Pueblo, Colorado, handing out 30 sets of equipment to children aged 9-13, allowing those kids to start playing the game of hockey.
“I am excited to work with our NHLPA Goals & Dreams program and the Avalanche’s youth hockey team to help more kids in Pueblo continue playing the game of hockey. We anticipate seeing this new equipment inspire more local children to play the game, as they become bigger fans of the game and hopefully the Avs as well,” said Cale Makar, NHLPA member and Colorado Avalanche defenseman.
Cale Makar was in Pueblo this afternoon giving back to the community!🏒
The @Avalanche defenseman partnered with the @NHLPA Goals & Dreams Program to donate 30 sets of hockey equipment.@Pueblobulls @KKTV11News pic.twitter.com/ZiOU5t6Fgk
— Jessica Kay Mendoza (@JessicaKayTV) September 15, 2023
Bedard Snipe Show
Connor Bedard is going to be a problem for NHL teams. Sure, this all happened in a Prospect Tournament game, a game in which he’s far and away the best player, but look at this release. It’s filthy.
Connor Bedard just scored his second goal of the game and it was even more ridiculous than his first: pic.twitter.com/TQBAh9gsMb
— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) September 17, 2023
Connor Bedard doesn't disappoint with his first in a Blackhawks jersey. pic.twitter.com/XLXdZP08YN
— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) September 17, 2023
The bottom goal, which was the first of three he scored on the evening, is just insane. Look at how he changes the point of release right before letting it go, avoiding the defender and picking the far corner. I’m not sure he’s in the McDavid class as far as a draft prospect, but his release sure looks a lot the one Auston Matthews has.
The Avalanche will play their first game of the year at Ball Arena against Bedard and his Chicago Blackhawks.
National Hockey Now
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