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Former Boston Bruins Officially Calls Out Connor Bedard


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Christopher Faucher
January 1, 2024  (1:32 PM)
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Nick Foligno Criticizes Connor Bedard and Young Blackhawks After Humiliating 8-1 Loss.

Yesterday's match saw the Chicago Blackhawks suffer a humiliating 8-1 defeat against the Dallas Stars. Their inability to fend off the Stars and generate any substantial offensive plays left them in a sorry state.
During a post-game interview seething with frustration, Nick Foligno didn't mince words as he openly criticized Connor Bedard and other youthful members of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Nick Foligno had a *lot* to say after that one. Said the Blackhawks are teetering on the line between "immaturity and ignorance" when it comes to their readiness to play.

 "There has to be a sense of urgency. And a respect factor in the league. Just becoming professionals. That's the fight we're going to have. We understand where we're at and where we're trying to get to, but we need commitment at that part of it, where every day you're preparing, your consistency in how you prepare, your ability to understand the team you're playing, what you need to do to get yourself ready. That's not on coaches. They've done a hell of a job giving us a game plan and what we need to do and the time off that we need to rest and recover. That's on us. And that's the thing that drives me nuts as one of the older guys in the room. We need to figure that out soon. That to me is immaturity or ignorance. It borderlines a little bit. I don't want it to bleed into ignorance - 'Oh, we're young, or this.' That's excuses to me. And that's not a team we're going to be built on. We owe it to ourselves and to our fans to be a better version and every game we have to strive for that. "

Foligno's explicit reference to Bedard is evident due to Bedard's reputation for being a dedicated player, often staying behind for hours after practice solely to engage in additional individual training sessions.
As the younger players aim to secure a permanent spot in the NHL, their slower and less effective performance might inadvertently hinder the team. The coming days will reveal whether the youthful members of the Blackhawks heed Foligno's advice or persist in their excessive efforts, potentially causing further harm to their team.
Source: houseofhockey
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