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WHL GRANTS EXCEPTIONAL STATUS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY

JAMES TUBB
MARCH 25, 2020  ·  8H24
BC Hockey announced Tuesday that Hockey Canada came to the result of granting exceptional status to 15-year-old Connor Bedard, allowing him to play in the WHL next season as an under ager.


Exceptional player status is granted to a player whose abilities not just on the ice, but as a person, deem the player worthy of the rare opportunity of joining the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) at an early age.

The process was started by BC Hockey with a Hockey Canada Special Evaluation Panel put together to evaluate Bedard’s potential in the areas of hockey skills, academic ability, and his mental and physical maturity.

The North-Vancouver Bedard is a 5-foot-8, 165-pound forward who played for West Vancouver Academy’s U18 team in the Canadian Sports School Hockey League (CSSHL) last season, scoring 43 goals and 41 assists for 84 points in 36 games.

Bedard will become the first person to gain exceptional status for eligibility in the WHL.

There have been five (5) players who have been granted exceptional status in the Ontario Hockey League (John Tavares, Aaron Ekblad, Connor McDavid, Sean Day, and Shane Wright) along with one (1) in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (Joe Veleno).




The WHL Bantam Draft is set for April 22, 2020, with the Swift Current Broncos currently sitting in last place of the league as of the season suspension.
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