Connor Bedard's cousin follows in his footsteps

Connor Bedard's cousin follows in his footsteps


After marveling at the prowess of Connor Bedard almost daily, junior hockey fans should keep an eye out for his cousin Gavin McKenna, who could be set to rain or shine in the Western Hockey League (WHL). 

The 2022 WHL first overall pick, the Yukon native has been awarded Outstanding Player status , which allowed him to play games with the Medicine Hat Tigers, even though he was only 15 years old. He had eight assists in his first 11 games, but spent the rest of the season in the South Alberta Hockey Academy's U18 program.

Representing his home territory at the Winter Games in Canada, McKenna set a record for most points in a game on Thursday. In six matches in Group C, he collected 29 points.

The previous mark belonged to Quebecer François Méthot (1997) and Kelsey Tessier (2007), who scored 27 points.

McKenna will be eligible for the 2026 National Hockey League Draft and is already tipped as one of the first players who could be selected.