2014 U18 Video: Connor Bleackley, Canada

By Chapin Landvogt

Connor Bleackley - Red Deer Rebels

Photo: Red Deer Rebels forward and 2014 prospect Connor Bleackley increased his point production 50 points from last season to the 2013-14 campaign (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Team Canada's drive for a second consecutive gold medal at the IIHF U18 World Championship came to an end in their semi-final match against the Czech Republic. Although Canada overcame a 3-0 deficit to tie the game in the third period, the Czechs pulled out the 4-3 win in overtime on a goal by David Kase.

Canada will still be competing for a medal when they face Sweden in the bronze medal game on the final day of the 2014 U18 tournament.

Bringing leadership qualities to this edition of Canada's U18 squad is Red Deer Rebels center and captain Connor Bleackley. Bleackley was named one of the assistant captains for Canada. He's netted one goal in this tournament, and assisted on Canada's second goal in their loss to the Czechs, giving him two points in six games.

In 71 games for the Rebels this season, Bleackley scored 29 goals and added 39 assists for 68 points. He is a well regarded prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, with Central Scouting ranking Bleackley 35th among North American skaters in their final rankings for the draft.

Bleackley spoke with Hockey's Future following his country's quarterfinal win over Switzerland, a conversation that can be viewed in this HF video.

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