Projected No. 1 pick Macklin Celebrini could be in big trouble

He could be facing a suspension!



At this time last year, just about everyone knew that young phenom forward Connor Bedard was going to be the 1st overall NHL Draft Pick. And currently, it seems clear that the next player to be in Bedard's shoes and taken with the very first selection is going to be North Vancouver native Macklin Celebrini, who is suiting up with Boston University. 

However, he's finding himself in some hot water thanks to his actions in an exhibition contest prior to the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championship games. While playing for Team Canada, Celebrini hit Swiss forward Leo Brailliard from behind in what was a rather dirty hit; he was assessed a misconduct. Meanwhile, Brailliard wasn't able to return to the game.

Here is the hit in question for those who missed it: 

Per IIHF Rules"a Game Misconduct penalty does not incur automatic suspension, except for that game, but the Proper Authorities shall have the power to suspend the player from participating in further games.”

Celebrini is facing a disciplinary hearing and could find himself having to watch his Team Canada teammates start the World Junior Hockey Championship games without him.

What do you believe his punishment should be? 

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