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Conner Bleackley
North American Skater
Red Deer, WHL
Final Rank:  35 Midterm Rank:  31
Position:  Center Shoots:  Right
Height:  6' 0" Weight:  197
Born:  July 2, 1996 Hometown:  High River, Alta.
Birthplace:  High River, AB, CAN
Drafted:  COL (1st Round / 23rd Overall) - Player Page
• Bleackley began the 2013-14 season, his second in the Western Hockey League, with eight goals and 19 points in his first 15 games, surpassing his 66-game point total from his first campaign with the Rebels (9-9—18). He finished the year tied for the team lead in goals (29) and paced the club with 68 points.

• He was named Red Deer’s captain in November 2013, and at age 17 is one of only three first-time draft-eligible players to wear the “C” in the Canadian Hockey League this season: also Aaron Ekblad (No. 2-ranked North American skater) of the Barrie Colts and Sam Reinhart (No. 3-ranked North American skater) of the Kootenay Ice.

• Bleackley recorded two points and was an assistant captain on Canada’s bronze-medal winning team at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship. He also wore a letter with Team Pacific at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, posting four points (3-1—4) in five games.

• His hometown of High River, Alta. was devastated by flooding in June 2013, forcing many families from their homes: “We had to be evacuated for two weeks. We had four feet of water in the basement and a lot of mud. But it could have been worse. The community really came together and the response was phenomenal.”

• Bleackley grew up on the same street as Calgary Flames forward Corban Knight (selected 135th overall by Florida in the 2009 NHL Draft). They often played shinny together on a pond by their house.

• He complied 89 points (45-44—89) in 62 games over two seasons with the Okotoks Oilers Bantam AAA team in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League. He also won a gold medal with Team Alberta at the 2011 Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup (2-2—4 in four games).

NEWS

RED DEER’S BLEACKLEY READIES FOR SCOUTING COMBINE (click here)

FAVORITES


NHL team: Colorado Avalanche
NHL player: Joe Sakic
Shootout move: “Shoot”
Goal celebration: “Hands in the air”
Video game: NHL 2K14
Movie: Dumb and Dumber
TV show: Prison Break
Actor: Will Ferrell
Musician: Luke Bryan
Sport (other than hockey): Surfing, Golf
Twitter follow: @BizNasty2point0

 Statistics
Season
Team
League
GP
G
A
P
PIM
2012-2013
PACIFIC (2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge)
NATOUR
5
3
1
4
12
2012-2013
RED DEER
WHL
66
9
9
18
28
2013-2014
RED DEER
WHL
71
29
39
68
48




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