May 28th, 2024

Celebrini, Fantilli out for Canada at world hockey championship

By The Canadian Press on May 7, 2024.

Teen forwards Macklin Celebrini and Adam Fantilli have decided to return to North America ahead of the start of the world men's hockey championship, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday. A Hockey Canada logo is shown on the jersey of a player with Canada’s National Junior Team during a training camp practice in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Teen forwards Macklin Celebrini and Adam Fantilli have decided to return to North America ahead of the start of the world men’s hockey championship, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.

Hockey Canada says Celebrini planned to attend Tuesday night’s NHL draft lottery. The 17-year-old is projected as the first overall pick in this year’s NHL draft.

Fantilli, 19, is electing to focus on next season with the Columbus Blue Jackets after his rookie campaign was cut short after 49 games due to a calf laceration. He was part of Canada’s championship-winning team last year.

Forwards Pierre-Luc Dubois, Brandon Hagel and Nick Paul were added to the team.

Hagel and Paul became available when Tampa Bay was ousted by Florida in the first round of the NHL playoffs, while Dubois became free when Los Angeles fell to Edmonton.

Paul scored the overtime winner as Canada beat Finland 3-2 in overtime in the 2021 final in Riga, Latvia. Hagel was also on that team

Dubois was part of the 2022 team that lost 4-3 in overtime to Finland in the 2022 final.

Canada plays its first game at the 2024 championship Saturday against Britain in Prague.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2024.

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