Connor Bedard

Connor Bedard welcomed to Chicago by Bears, other teams

Bedard received a warm welcome to Chicago on social media after being picked No. 1 overall

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Connor Bedard is a Chicago Blackhawk.

The inevitable became official on Wednesday night when the Blackhawks selected Bedard with the first overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

The 17-year Canadian center was the obvious selection for Chicago immediately after moving up from the No. 3 to No. 1 spot in the draft lottery. Bedard, possibly the most hyped prospect since Connor McDavid in 2015, is coming off consecutive 100-point campaigns in the Western Hockey League, most recently putting up 71 goals and 72 assists over 57 games in 2022-23.

Now, Bedard will be the face of a new era of Chicago hockey.

After he was selected, the Bears, Bulls and White Sox welcomed the hockey sensation to town on Twitter.

The Blackhawks posted a welcome video as well.

It's certainly an exciting time to be a Blackhawks fan.

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