LATEST | Local kid is ecstatic when he relates to the opportunity he's given

Published July 4, 2023 at 8:51 PM
Hockey players' dream is to make it to the NHL. For North Americans, their dreams usually link them to their hometown team, and it's definitely the case for one of the Canucks' most recent selections, Aiden Celebrini.

Celebrini heard his name called at the 171st rank after he showed his worth with the Brooks Bandits of the AJHL; the scouts describe him as the modern-day defensive defenseman. Mobile, physical, aware and right-handed, he was right in the Canucks' scope.

The young man is a Vancouver, BC native who grew up watching and worshipping the Canucks. When asked about what it meant to with the organization, he related to the vision he had as a kid:

"I grew up at Rogers Arena. Watching the pros skate. Skating on Rogers Arena pretending I was a pro in the latest draft. For it to be a reality has been surreal."

His brother, Macklin, is considered one of if not the best prospects ahead of the 2024 Draft. Are the Canucks planning to reunite both brothers? They'll be lining up at Boston University alongside the team's new gem, Tom Willander.

A 6th Round selection, Aiden will be kicking off his collegiate career at Boston University, where he will most likely end up having 4 years to develop fully. Could he end up being one of the Canucks' prized jewels like Aidan McDonough did as a 7th rounder?
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LATEST | Local kid is ecstatic when he relates to the opportunity he's given

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