March 20, 2024

Macklin Celebrini adds pair of Hockey East honors to haul

Macklin Celebrini has added to his haul.

Celebrini, the consensus No. 1 pick for the 2024 NHL Draft, has been named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Year and Hockey East Player of the Year, the League announced Wednesday.

The 17-year-old freshman becomes just the fourth player win Hockey East Rookie and Player of the Year awards in a single season following Jack Eichel (2015), Paul Kariya (1993), and Brian Leetch (1987).

Celebrini is the youngest player in college hockey this season. The Vancouver, British Columbia product sits third overall in the nation in scoring with 55 points (30 goals, 25 assists) in just 33 games. He sits second overall in goals (30), is third in points (55) and shots (158), and fourth in power-play goals (11).

In 23 Hockey East games, Celebrini led all players with 44 points, nine power-play goals, 1.91 points per game and was second with 23 goals, 112 shots on net, and a plus-18 on-ice rating.

No rookie has ever scored more goals in league play than his 23, and his 1.00 goals per game is the best mark among rookies and seventh-best all time in the 40-year history of Hockey East, and at 1.91 points-per-game as a freshman player, only Eichel and Kariya scored at a higher pace.

In all, Celebrini recorded a point in 25 of 30 games played, including 19 multi-point outings and six games with at least three points.

He was the lone unanimous selection to the All-Hockey East First Team.

Celebrini was previously named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player.

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