BREAKING: Connor Bedard undergoes jaw repair surgery, out 6–8 weeks


The Chicago Blackhawks announced Wednesday morning that rookie center Connor Bedard underwent successful surgery to repair his fractured jaw at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and expect him to be out of the lineup for approximately 6–8 weeks.

It was speculated that Bedard may miss six weeks, but team physician Dr. Michael Terry confirmed the prognosis. The Blackhawks phenom was injured on Friday, Jan. 5, in a 4–2 loss to the New Jersey Devils after taking a hit from defenseman Brendan Smith. He was placed on injured reserve the next day, which means he would be out of action for no less than seven days.

The Blackhawks also lost forward Nick Foligno in the same game, and have since traded for forward Rem Pitlick and claimed forward Zach Sanford from the Arizona Coyotes to fill roster spots. According to, the Blackhawks have seven rosters players on the injured reserve list, all of them expected to be major contributors to the team.

Chicago travels to Manitoba on Thursday to face the Winnipeg Jets. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST.


About Jeff Osborn

Jeff has covered the Blackhawks since 2009 with his former website and podcast The Puckin Hostile Shoutcast until 2017, when he moved over to The Rink. After a short hiatus to cover the inaugural Seattle Kraken season, he came back to Blackhawks coverage and started "The Net Perspective" podcast to discuss goaltending and goaltender development.


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