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Jr. Sharks alum Celebrini makes plans for future, signs tender for ’22-23 season with USHL’s Steel

 

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The Chicago Steel have announced the signing of forward Macklin Celebrini of Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep to a USHL tender agreement for the 2022-23 season.

Celebrini, a 15-year-old forward and San Jose Jr. Sharks graduate, totaled 117 points (50 goals, 67 assists) in 52 games played for the Shattuck 18U Prep team during the 2021-22 season.

“We’re beyond excited to have Macklin join the Steel next season,” said Steel GM Mike Garman. “He’s a natural leader with the way he plays and relentlessly competes every shift he’s on the ice. Matching his work ethic, Macklin has elite hockey sense that allows him to continuously create high quality chances for himself and his teammates.

“Macklin had an exceptional season at Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep under Tom Ward, and we’re honored and grateful to the Celebrini family for entrusting us to further Macklin’s development. Macklin exemplifies our Steel values as both a player and a person, and we can’t wait to get him in a Steel uniform this fall.”

A native of Vancouver, B.C., Celebrini totaled 141 points (51 goals, 90 assists) in 50 games in 2020-21 while playing with the 14U AAA Shattuck-St. Mary’s club.

“I’m very excited to continue my development with the Steel,” said Celebrini. “It’s an amazing opportunity. They have great coaches and support staff within their organization. How they develop their players individually and as a team is something I can’t wait to be a part of. I am also really excited to join a winning culture, and hopefully contribute to another Clark Cup.”

Now in its 11th year, the USHL tender process allows teams to sign up to two 2006 birth year players prior to the 2022 USHL Phase I Draft, which is scheduled to take place in May.

Celebrini is the sixth player to be tendered by Chicago after the team signed forward Robert Mastrosimone in 2017, defenseman Ryan Ufko in 2019, defenseman Jake Livanavage and forward Adam Fantilli in 2020 and forward Jayden Perron in 2021.

Celebrini’s signing will take the place of Chicago’s first-round pick in the 2022 USHL Phase I Draft. Should the Steel choose to tender a second player, that signing would take the place of a second-round selection in the USHL Phase I Draft. Tendered players are required to play in 55 percent of a team’s games during the regular season, notwithstanding injury, illness or suspension.

Photo/Shattuck-St. Mary’s School

(April 19, 2022)


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