Chicago Blackhawks Take a Shot At The Toronto Maple Leafs

Published October 16, 2023 at 6:20 PM
BY AUSTIN SABOURIN
Following the growing league-wide trend, the Chicago Blackhawks have adopted media access limitations for their players, particularly when facing formidable teams such as the Toronto Maple Leafs. This decision echoes the recent move by the Montreal Canadiens, who also implemented similar restrictions in a game against the Leafs.


The Blackhawks' choice to shield their rising star, Connor Bedard, from the Toronto media's intense scrutiny has stirred controversy, with local reporters expressing their discontent. Toronto Star Reporter Kevin McGran voiced his concerns, remarking,
"Don't know why the NHL allows it... It's like the league doesn't want to be covered."




Toronto's media environment is renowned for its relentless intensity, which can create added pressure on players. Teams are increasingly cognizant of the potential distractions that excessive media attention can pose.

By enforcing these restrictions, the Blackhawks aim to protect their players, especially Bedard, from the elevated scrutiny and pressure linked to the Toronto media in the lead-up to crucial matchups. This strategic move allows the team to stay focused on their on-ice performance without being entangled in media-related distractions.


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