Entering this past weekend, Cale Makar was a college sophomore at the University of Massachusetts and the top rated prospect in all of hockey. As a standout for the Minutemen and winner of the Hobey Baker Trophy – the hockey equivalent to the Heisman Trophy – he is only at the beginning of his journey in the sport.
Despite losing a tough matchup in the National Championship versus Minnesota Deluth on April 13th, Makar got a taste of his future when signing an NHL deal with the Colorado Avalanche. Two days later, he went down in NHL history.
On April 15th, the 20-year-old entered his first game with the Avalanche versus the Calgary Flames in Game 3 of the NHL Playoffs. Yes, his first game was in a vital playoff matchup in front of the Colorado crowd.
In the first period, Makar’s made his presence felt. With the Avalanche up 2-0, he entered the game and made a break for the net with the puck at his stick. His first shot of the game ended up in the back of the net giving the Avs a 3-0 lead. This shot not only put him in the record books in NHL History, but he also became the first defensemen in league history to score a playoff goal in their NHL debut.
Within 48 hours, Makar went from NCAA standout to making history in the NHL. He was also named the 3rd star of the game at the Pepsi Center and celebrated the playoff victory with the stars he has looked up to for years.
Not a bad Monday for the kid. Wishing him best of luck the rest of the playoffs!
— Here’s a video GoodSport created for their broadcast partner about the rising hockey prodigy from UMass…https://vimeo.com/album/5923217/video/331014119