Avalanche sign UMass' Makar for playoff series

Ruben Hill
April 15, 2019

The Colorado Avalanche have signed defenseman Cale Makar to a three-year deal a day after his MA squad lost in the Frozen Four championship game.

The 20-year-old Canadian defenseman was drafted fourth overall by the Avalanche in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He will immediately join the Avalanche, which are in the midst of their Western Conference first-round playoff series with the Calgary Flames. Makar earned the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey's top player.

Makar picked up 16 goals and 49 points in 41 games for UMass and had a plus-59 goal differential (82 goals for, 23 goals against) while on the ice this year.

Makar was named the most outstanding player at the NCAA Northeast Regional, where he led UMass to shutout wins over Harvard and Notre Dame.

"Cale obviously had a tremendous season, winning the Hobey Baker and getting his team to the Frozen Four", said Avalanche Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic.

The Avalanche squared their best-of-seven series against the Flames Saturday night at 1-1 thanks to an overtime victor from Nathan MacKinnon. "We are excited to have him join our team".

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