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Maple Leafs reporters furious after Chicago Blackhawks make odd decision with Bedard

Published October 16, 2023 at 4:47 PM
BY SKY

The Chicago Blackhawks have followed in the footsteps of the Montreal Canadiens, implementing a media access limitation for their players, especially when facing the Toronto Maple Leafs. This decision is receiving attention, with the Toronto media expressing its dissatisfaction.

A Growing Trend

The move to shield their young star, Connor Bedard, from the intense Toronto media landscape has raised eyebrows and concerns. Toronto Star Reporter Kevin McGran voiced his frustration, questioning the NHL's stance on such restrictions. He remarked, "Don't know why the NHL allows it... It's like the league doesn't want to be covered."

Media Intensity


Toronto's media is renowned for its intensity, and teams are increasingly aware of the potential pressures it can place on their players. The Blackhawks' decision to restrict access is rooted in the desire to protect their players, especially Bedard, from the scrutiny and pressure associated with engaging the Toronto media before a significant matchup.


This approach allows the team to maintain their focus on their on-ice performance, avoiding distractions from media obligations. In an era where media scrutiny can be unrelenting, such strategies aim to prioritize player well-being and performance over excessive media exposure.
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Maple Leafs reporters furious after Chicago Blackhawks make odd decision with Bedard

Did the Blackhawks make the right choice with Bedard in this situation?

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