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Projected No. 1 pick Macklin Celebrini wins Hobey Baker Award

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Boston University forward and projected NHL 2024 first overall pick Macklin Celebrini took home the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA's top men's hockey player Friday.

Celebrini ranked second in the NCAA with 32 goals and third with 64 points in 38 contests as a freshman this season. His 1.68 points per game trailed only Boston College stars Will Smith and Gabe Perreault for the highest in the country.

The 17-year-old is the fourth freshman to win the Hobey Baker Award, joining Adam Fantilli (2023), Jack Eichel (2015), and Paul Kariya (1993). Celebrini is also the youngest player to ever win the honor.

North Dakota forward Jackson Blake and Boston College sniper Cutter Gauthier were the other finalists. Blake signed his three-year, entry-level deal with the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, while Anaheim Ducks prospect Gauthier will play in Saturday's national championship game.

Celebrini is the fourth Terriers player to win the Hobey Baker Award and first since current Vegas Golden Knights star Eichel. He was also named the Tim Taylor National Rookie of the Year on Friday.

Boston's season ended with a loss to Denver in Thursday's semifinal.

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