Macklin Celebrini poses for a picture after being awarded the Hobey Baker Award. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE.

One of the youngest players in college hockey this season, Macklin Celebrini, was honored Friday with the 2024 Hobey Baker Award, given to  college hockey’s most outstanding player.

Celebrini, just 17 years old, was the nation’s top center all season long for the Boston University Terriers, scoring 32 goals and 32 assists for 64 points in just 37 games. He ranks second in the nation in goals and tied for second nationally in points. Celebrini helped lead his Terriers to the 2024 Frozen Four in St. Paul, played at the Xcel Energy Center. Celebrini was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year, and was the Hockey East scoring champion.

Celebrini was also awarded the Tim Taylor National Rookie of the Year Award on Friday evening.

“It’s truly surreal, I’m shaking right now,” said Celebrini during his speech.

Celebrini, a humble, soft-spoken kid from Vancouver, British Colombia was nothing but thankful for the award.

“I’m truly humbled and grateful for this award, I have everyone to thank,” said Celebrini.

Celebrini has scored 32-32-64 this season. PHOTO FROM BOSTON UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS.

Celebrini plays a strong 200-foot game that has been on showcase for months now. At the young age of 17, he is eligible for the 2024 NHL Entry Draft and is touted as a top prospect.

Celebrini has been an explosive player from age four, showing what he can do on the ice.

“He had a coach who was in disbelief after Macklin lost the puck in the offensive zone then skated full speed to the other end of the ice to dive and poke the puck loose from the other team,” said Robyn Celebrini, Macklin’s mother.

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award honors college hockey’s top player. This year Hobey Baker hattrick nominees were Eden Prairie, Minn., native Jackson Blake, a sophomore forward from the University of North Dakota; Maklin Celebrini, a freshman forward from Boston University; and Cutter Gauthier, a sophomore forward from Boston College. This year Hobey Baker Award was announced on Friday inside the Rivercentre in downtown St. Paul.

The Three finalists were selected from the list of Top Ten candidates by a 30-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan voters. The criteria for the award is a player who displays outstanding skills in all phases of the game and has a good strength of character not only on the ice but off it too. They also must have good sportsmanship and academic achievements.

Five of the top ten Hobey Baker finalists played in this year’s NCAA Frozen Four national championship in St. Paul. Three of the four schools were represented with a Hobey top ten finalist.

Other award winners from Friday evening:

2024 Mike Richter Award

Wisconsin senior goaltender Kyle McClellan

2024 Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award

Air Force Defensemen Luke Robinson

2024 Hockey Humanitarian Award 

Penn State junior forward Dylan Lugris