The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Selkirk Steelers have announced the commitment of forward Mathieu Catellier. The 17-year-old had a four-game test with the Steelers this past year, following the completion of his Midget AAA season with the Winnipeg Bruins.
Catellier took off offensively for Winnipeg this past season, notching 30 goals and 55 points (both team-highs), while adding 59 penalty minutes in just 43 games for the Bruins. In 2018-19, the six-foot, 185-pound forward had just six goals, 16 points and 42 minutes in penalties in five more games – a dip in production from his typical output.
Prior to joining the Bruins, Catellier suited up for two years of Winnipeg Sharks Bantam play, where he got his feet wet in the AAA circles. The 2016-17 season saw him collect a point-per-game, putting up 14 goals and 28 points in 29 games, prior to his first ‘explosion’ of sorts, where he scored 32 goals and 57 points in 32 games with the Sharks.
It was following that highly-offensive second year of Bantam AAA that the Steelers opted to take a chance on the local product, drafting him 16th overall in the second round of the 2018 MJHL Bantam Draft. With one season of Midget AAA left to play, the 2003-born Catellier does have a fallback plan for autumn of 2020, should Selkirk not be his best fit this coming season.