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Bedard condemns Perry social media rumor: 'It's just a bunch of B.S.'

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Connor Bedard spoke Friday on the recent social media rumors that consumed the Chicago Blackhawks leading up to Corey Perry's contract termination.

"It's just a bunch of B.S. on the internet," Bedard said, per Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's, of course, been an effect on myself and my family, and that's not fair. But it's out of our control. It's all just fake, made-up stuff."

Before the Blackhawks cut ties with Perry for "unacceptable" conduct in violation of his contract and the organization's internal policies, unsubstantiated rumors about the veteran winger's involvement with a member of Bedard's family ran rampant on the internet.

Chicago general manager Kyle Davidson called the speculation "disgusting," and Perry denied the theories in an apology.

Bedard also addressed Perry's dismissal from the team.

"Obviously, it's a tough situation," Bedard said, according to Sportsnet. "But I don't need to speak on anything too much."

He added: "Obviously, what happened with Perry was serious. I think the first concern is that he's OK, and his family are."

Bedard has racked up 18 points in 21 games to start his NHL career and was named the league's Rookie of the Month for November.

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