Generations collide: Connor Bedard says his big hit on Patrick Kane was 'just a finishing check'

Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO — Ahead of the first-ever meeting, Connor Bedard spoke of Patrick Kane in reverent terms, saluting his place in Chicago Blackhawks lore as a living legend.

That doesn’t mean Bedard can’t give him a good smack during the game.

And that’s just what he did Sunday during the Hawks’ 3-2 overtime loss to Kane and his new team, the Detroit Red Wings.

Hawks forward Nick Foligno didn’t see it until coaches showed a clip later, but he joked that if he had noticed Bedard hitting Kane in real time, “I would’ve given him a little more props.”

But to Bedard, that hit was just a hit.

“I just finished a check,” Bedard said Wednesday. “I don’t think that’s a big story, really. It obviously ended up being Kane. Just a normal hockey play and ended up being him, I guess.”


Normal? It was a literal clash of eras, the 2007 No. 1 draft pick knocked off his feet by the next-generation phenom, the 2023 No. 1 draft pick.

Can Bedard not see that?

“I get it, for sure,” the 18-year-old said. “I’m just saying from my point of view, it’s just finishing a check. It’s funny it ended up being him, I guess. For us, we don’t think about it like that. But, of course, (people react) with No. 1 picks or whatever and that sort of thing.

The veteran knew what to make of the moment.


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