Some notes on the youngest of the young:
*Bedard is the first 15-year-old to win a medal. The previous highest finishes were John Tavares with Canada and Andrei Vasilevski with Russia (4th place).
*The youngest player to score a goal was Mikkel Boedker of Denmark.
*Vasilevski is the only 15-year-old goalie in U18 history.
*Bedard has obliterated all scoring records for a 15-year-old. The previous best was Tavares with 5 points, and Samuel Knazko (SVK) and Markus Soberg (NOR) with 3. Bedard recorded 14 (7 goals, 7 assists, also both records).
*Bedard is the only 15-year-old to record a hat trick in a game, and his 5 points in a game (vs. Czech Republic) is also one for the record books that isn’t likely to be equalled any time soon.
*Bedard had four multi-point games (0+2 vs Latvia, 2+3 vs. Czechs, 3+0 vs. Sweden, 1+1 vs. Russia). All other players combined have four. Tavares has two (1+2 vs. Norway, 1+1 vs. Russia). Knazko (2+0 vs. France), and Soberg (1+1 vs. Slovakia) have the others.
Here is a quick summary of the performance of those 19 super-teens at their U18 debut (ordered youngest to oldest):
Name-country-U18 year-age at first game-gp-g-a-p-pim-finish
Pavlo Borysenko, UKR, 2002 U18, 14 years, 309 days—8-0-0-0-0-12th
Konstantin Zakharov, BLR, 2000 U18, 14 years, 349 days—5-0-0-0-2-10th
Andrei Kostitsyn, BLR, 2000 U18, 15 years, 71 days—6-0-0-0-4-10th
Igor Yegorov, UKR, 2002 U18, 15 years, 81 days—6-0-0-0-0-12th
Valentyn Lays, UKR, 2002 U18, 15 years, 94 days—6-0-0-0-4-12th
Mikkel Boedker, DEN, 2005 U18, 15 years, 120 days—6-1-1-2-6-10th
Olexander Skorokhod, UKR, 1999 U18, 15 years, 191 days—4-0-1-1-4-8th
John Tavares, CAN, 2006 U18, 15 years, 204 days—7-2-3-5-4-4th
Nino Niederreiter, SUI, 2008 U18, 15 years, 217 days—6-1-1-2-2-8th
Aliaksandr Syrei, BLR, 2004 U18, 15 years, 226 days—6-0-0-0-0-9th
Roman Graborenko, BLR, 2008 U18, 15 years, 233 days—6-0-0-0-2-9th
Samuel Knazko, SVK, 2018 U18, 15 years, 255 days—5-2-1-3-0-7th
Andrei Vasilevski, RUS, 2010 U18, 15 years, 263 days—5-2-0-3-272:03-2.65-4th*
Connor Bedard, CAN, 2021 U18, 15 years, 284 days—7-7-7-14-2-G
Luca Cunti, SUI, 2005 U18, 15 years, 284 days—6-1-1-2-0-9th
Erik Cernak, SVK, 2013 U18, 15 years, 326 days—6-0-2-2-8-9th
Flavian Dair, FRA, 2018 U18, 15 years, 338 days—6-1-0-1-12-10th
Jonas Siegenthaler, SUI, 2013 U18, 15 years, 348 days—5-0-0-0-8-6th
Markus Soberg, NOR, 2011 U18, 15 years, 357 days—6-1-2-3-4-9th