UMass men's hockey's Cale Makar signs with Avalanche, will immediately join team

Ruben Hill
April 15, 2019

The 6-foot, 192-pound Makar was the fourth overall pick by Colorado in the 2017 draft.

Cale Makar, the University of Massachusetts' first-ever Hobey Baker Award victor, announced Sunday that he's headed to the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, one day after playing in the program's first-ever NCAA championship game.

He is expected to join the Avalanche immediately for their playoff series. The Calgary, Alberta, native opted to return to the University of MA, though. Makar earned the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey's top player.

Makar had 16-33-49 totals in his sophomore season at UMass and 21-49-70 totals in two seasons with the program. He was the first defenseman in history to lead Hockey East in overall scoring and broke the UMass single-season school record for points by a defenseman.

"Cale obviously had a tremendous season, winning the Hobey Baker and getting his team to the Frozen Four", said Avs general manager Joe Sakic.

Colorado tied the series 1-1 Saturday night, while Makar, who is from Calgary, and the Minutemen were losing to Minnesota Duluth 3-0 in the NCAA title game. Not only will that make Makar due to become a restricted free agent a year earlier, it also means the team will have to include him on its protected list for the Seattle 2021 expansion draft.

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