18-Year-Old Chicago Blackhawk Player’s Injury Plight Left Instagram Fans Crestfallen

Published 01/07/2024, 8:59 AM EST

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NHL hockey is known for its unpredictable and fiercely competitive realm, and the Chicago Blackhawks have found themselves in a pivotal juncture. The latest blow left the 18-year-old rising star, Connor Bedard, with a fractured jaw! 

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Bedard became the third-youngest player in the Blackhawks squad history and has held the top rank as per NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking. Having the David Branch Player of the Year award, the NHL fans had woven high hopes around the young prodigy. With uncertainties looming over the return of the key player, the injury has plagued the lineup.  

Bedard dilemma over a pivotal blow

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The NHL team’s recent lineage has been marred by defeats and setbacks. To top that, during the team’s take against the Devils, Bedard suffered a serious blow from Brendan Smith on Friday, Jan 5. The rookie got hit on his face with a puck, left him with a fractured jaw.

 

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As the team’s leading scorer, who played a pivotal force on the ice, Bedard’s absence has posed a challenge for the team. It has been speculated that Bedard’s recovery will take between four to six weeks. This in turn could sideline the rookie sensation from the potential All-Star participation and other crucial games that will follow. 

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The loss of the player, who previously grabbed the Calder Trophy with his standout performance, has posed a setback for the Blackhawks. Joining him in the ranks of the injured is the team’s defacto captain, Nick Foligno, who suffered a fractured finger.    

Fans react to mounting injury crisis

The comment section on the Instagram post has found fans hopeful about Bedard’s comeback. One of the fans expressed their decision to not watch the game anymore until his favorite player makes a comeback, “and my time watching hockey has now ended remind me when he back.” The tragedy left one fan drawing attention to the safety protocols of the game, “Shouldn’t these guys be wearing facemasks to begin with?”

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In another comment, an NHL fan balmed defenseman Brendan Smith for the loss, “All this because of Brendan Smith”. Since Bedard has soared to success at such a young age, he acquired the title of ‘king’ from a fan, “The king is missing and the whole team will feel damn alone fr”

Another close follower of the NHL strongly believes that the player will be able to return to the track, recalling instances that happened to  Connor McDavid, “McDavid was brought down by a cheap shot his rookie season as well. Bedard will come back firing just like Connor did!” Hence, the injury, apart from the roster, has left NHL fans disheartened. 

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As the Chicago Blackhawks navigate through a tumultuous period, they have made certain changes in the roster. However, their confidence lies in Bedard, and they look forward to his return in the quest for success in the NHL. Besides, their strong fan base plays a pivotal role by staying by the team’s side even during a challenging phase.  

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