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Blackhawks rookie Connor Bedard on being booed by Canadiens fans; ‘I loved it’
Chicago Blackhawks rookie superstar Connor Bedard made his Hockey Night in Canada debut on Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens.
Fans at the Bell Centre made sure to welcome the No. 1 overall pick with a heavy dose of boos from the stands.
Every time that Bedard touched the puck, the crowd of 21,105 rained down their displeasure for the teenager.
"I loved it," Bedard said. "It was great. I didn't really think about it before the game. But I thought it was awesome."
The passionate crowd held firm all night, showing their distain for the 18-year-old center.
“I haven’t done anything yet (in my career), I’m just starting, but to get that right now is good, and I think that makes the game more fun when the crowd is really into it like that … I enjoy that stuff,” added Bedard postgame to reporters.
Bedard had an assist, his second of the season, but struggled from the face off. He won only one face off in eight opportunities on Saturday night.
The Canadiens defeated the Blackhawks on Saturday night. That did not take away from Bedard’s first Hockey Night in Canada game experience.
“You grow up watching ‘Hockey Night in Canada.’ As a kid I remember always getting really excited for Saturday, me and my dad. We’d always tune in. It’s kind of like a tradition in Canada. Every Saturday you’ve got that. It’s really exciting to be in a Canadian city for (the Canadiens’) home opener. It’s going to be a lot of fun. We’re all really looking forward to that,” said Bedard.
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