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BU's Celebrini wins 2024 Hobey Baker Award

By Peter Odney, 04/12/24, 5:30PM CDT


The freshman phenom led the Terriers to the Frozen Four with 32 goals and 64 points this season.

BU freshman led Terriers to Frozen Four with 32 goals and 64 points

Celebrini has been everything he was expected to be and more this season, leading Boston University to the Frozen Four as a freshman. 

Celebrini totaled 32 goal and 64 points for the Terriers this season as a 17-year old, and was named Hockey East’s Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year. He was also named to the Hockey East First Team, the conference’s All-Rookie Team, and led Hockey East in scoring. 

The North Vancouver native is widely considered the favorite for the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft.

"It was amazing," Celebrini said of his first year with the Terriers. "Amazing people that were there with me, all my teammates, all my coaches, the staff that we had."

Celebrini also had some kind words for his fellow finalists, Jackson Blake of North Dakota and Cutter Gauthier from rival Boston College. 

"It was really fun to play against, and battle against (you guys). Congrats on a great season," Celebrini said. 

2024 Hobey Baker Finalists

Jackson Blake, North Dakota

Jackson Blake, North Dakota 

Blake recorded eight games with at least three points this season and joined former North Dakota star Zach Parise as the second UND sophomore in the last 30 years to reach 100 career points. Blake also led the Fighting Hawks in scoring last season as a freshman, marking the first time that feat had been achieved at North Dakota since 1980. 

This season, Blake finished with 22 goals and 60 points, leading the Fighting Hawks within a game of a Frozen Four trip. Blake was named to the NCHC First Team and was awarded the conference’s Player of the Year and Forward of the Year awards. 

Blake was a fourth-round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2021 and has since joined the organization after the end of UND’s season. 

Cutter Gauthier, Boston College  

The Boston College sophomore leads the nation in goals with 38 heading into Saturday’s national championship game against Denver to go along with 27 assists for 65 pre-championship points. 

The fifth overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft has recorded 18 multi-point games this season, and has been named to the Hockey East First Team and was the runner-up for the conference’s Player of the Year. 

From left to right: Cutter Gauthier (Boston College), Macklin Celebrini (Boston University), and Jackson Blake (North Dakota).

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