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Conner Bleackley
Conner Bleackley
Center  - COL
Number: 49
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 192
Shoots: Right
Born: Feb 7, 1996  (Age 20)
Birthplace: High River, AB, Canada
Drafted: COL / 2014 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (23rd overall) PROSPECT BIO
2014-15: Served as Red Deer’s captain for the second consecutive season, recording 49 points (27g/22a) in 51 games…Finished tied for the team lead in goals despite missing most of the final six weeks of the season with a groin injury…Suffered the groin injury Feb. 6 at Vancouver (WHL) and returned for the season finale on March 21 at Edmonton…At the time of his injury, Bleackley was leading the Rebels in goals and was third on the club in points…Tallied 0.96 points per game, second highest on the squad…Named WHL Player of the Week for Oct. 20-26 after recording six points (1g/5a) and a +4 plus/minus rating in two games…Played in both games for Team WHL in the CHL Subway Series vs. the Russian National Junior Team on Nov. 10-11, scoring a goal in the second contest…Appeared in all five postseason games for Red Deer in the first-round series against Medicine Hat, tallying a goal and one assist.

2013-14: Led the Red Deer Rebels (WHL) in scoring with 68 points (29g/39a) in 71 games…Also paced the team in power-play goals (10) and tied for the club lead in goals and games played…Finished second on the Rebels in assists…Named Red Deer’s team captain in November as a 17-year-old…Was one of only three first-time 2014 draft-eligible players to wear the “C” in the Canadian Hockey League that season (Aaron Ekblad of Barrie and Sam Reinhart of Kootenay)…Began the season with 19 points (8g/11a) in his first 15 games, surpassing his 18-game point total from the previous season…Recorded two points (1g/1a) as an assistant captain on Canada’s bronze-medal winning team at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship.

Appeared in 66 games during his first full season with Red Deer, tallying 18 points (9g/9a)…Posted four points (3g/1a) in five games as an alternate captain with Team Pacific at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

2011-12: Played most of the season in the Alberta Major Hockey League but did appear in 16 WHL contests with Red Deer…Scored two goals for the Rebels…Made his WHL debut on Nov. 30 vs. Spokane.

Other: Complied 89 points (45g/44a) in 62 games over two seasons with the Okotoks Oilers Bantam AAA team in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League from 2009-11…Won a gold medal with Team Alberta at the 2011 Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup (2g/3a in four games).

Personal: His hometown of High River, Alberta was devastated by flooding in June 2013, forcing many families in the community from their homes…Grew up on the same street as Corban Knight, who spent time with the Calgary Flames over the past two seasons.
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