Hall steps up and slams media for overburdening young Connor Bedard

Published October 16, 2023 at 1:38 PM

Taylor Hall knows what it's like to have the pressure of being a 1st overall pick on his shoulders. Thankfully for 2023 1st overall pick Connor Bedard, he has someone close by who can help him navigate the sometimes troublesome waters that come with playing in a hockey hot bed like Chicago.

Naturally, with a player of Bedard's skill set and hype, the media attention has been relentless in the early going. He has had scores of reporters cornering him for interviews before and after every game. As an 18-year-old, that can be very intimidating. Hall sees the pressure increasing by the day and while he knows it's part of the job, he wishes the media would just ease up on the kid.

"He does way too many in-game interviews and stuff. I think that they just need to find a way to just let him play. But, I think he understands his role as a major ambassador for the game of hockey and he handles it so well."

Hall didn't necessarily want to speak for Bedard, but he knows that the young rookie would likely never say anything on his own. The one thing he wanted to convey to the media is that while it may seem like Bedard may be handling it just fine, there's a very good chance that he's very overwhelmed but simply not showing it.

"It can be a little much for him at times. He doesn't say that, but it feels like it is."

Sometimes the media attention can be a lot. Hopefully, at some point, everyone realizes that Bedard is still just a kid and that hockey should be his priority. Yes, there will always be a large demand to speak with him, but he should be allowed to grow into that role, not thrust into it immediately.

October 16   |   100 answers
Hall steps up and slams media for overburdening young Connor Bedard

Should the Blackhawks step up and limit the amount of media appearances that Connor Bedard is forced to make?

No, it comes with the territory2424 %
Yes, just let him play4848 %
Give him a year to get adjusted2828 %
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