Ceulemans, Masters Sign NHL Contracts

Former OHA Edmonton teammates Corson Ceulemans and Kyle Masters have signed NHL Entry Level Contracts.

Ceulemans has signed his contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets after they selected him in the first round, 25th overall at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. Masters was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the fourth round, 118th at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft and signed with them on March 9, 2023.

The two defensemen were teammates in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) for the 2017/18 U15 Prep and 2018/19 U18 Prep seasons with OHA Edmonton.  In 2017/18 Ceulemans would record 31 points in 30 games while Masters would finish with 24 in 29 games played. The pair would help lead OHA Edmonton to a 2018 CSSHL U15 Prep Western Championship.

At the conclusion of the season Masters would be selected by the Red Deer Rebels in the first round, 16th overall at the 2018 Western Hockey League (WHL) Draft. The Moose Jaw Warriors would select Ceulemans in the fifth round, 100th overall.

Ceulemans and Masters would return to OHA Edmonton for the 2018/19 U18 Prep season where OHA Edmonton would make it to the CSSHL Western Championship Finals. Ceulemans would finish with 29 points in 30 games, while Masters would add 20 in 35. They would both help Team Alberta capture Bronze at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

The following season would see the pair go their separate ways with Ceulemans joining the Brooks Bandits in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) and Masters joining the Rebels in the WHL.

Ceulemans would spend two seasons with the Bandits, recording 46 points in 52 games. In 2020/21 he would represent Team Canada at the U18 World Championships, leading all defenseman with seven assists as Canada captured gold. He would join the University of Wisconsin for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 NCAA Division I seasons, adding 45 points in 67 games. After signing his NHL Contract with Columbus, Ceulemans made his professional hockey debut in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Cleveland Monsters.

Masters joined the Rebels in 2019/20 and would play 109 WHL games for the team, finishing his career there with 27 points. In the summer leading up to the 2022/23 season Masters would be traded to the Kamloops Blazers, the hosts of the 2023 Memorial Cup. This season Masters has tallied 64 points in 63 games with the Blazers.