Cale Makar Wiki
Cale Makar, a 20-year-old defenseman from Calgary, Makar became just the fifth player, and the first defenseman, to score a goal in a postseason debut.
Makar was the fourth overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft prior to arriving at college, but played two seasons for the UMass Minutemen, and on Friday earned the Hobey Baker Award as the top college player. Makar led UMass to the Frozen Four final on Saturday, but Minnesota Duluth shut out the Minutemen 3-0 to win a second consecutive national title.
Cale Douglas Makar (born October 30, 1998) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the first round, fourth overall, by the Avalanche in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Take another look at Cale Makar’s wraparound chance with @UMassHockey still looking for its first goal.
Cale Makar won the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college hockey this season. He played for UMass in the National Final on Saturday.
Tonight (two days later), he made his NHL debut for the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL Playoffs. He scored a goal just over 16 minutes in. pic.twitter.com/qkunF9DKdl
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 16, 2019
On April 14, 2019, the Avalanche signed Makar to a three-year, entry-level contract. He scored his first career NHL goal with his first shot in the league in his debut a day later, during Game 3 of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Calgary Flames. By doing so, he became the first defenseman to score a playoff goal in his NHL debut.
Makar was selected to the Team Canada’s under-20 team for the 2018 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York, winning gold. Makar finished the tournament leading all defenceman with 3 goals and 8 points in 7 games, and was the only Canadian named to the All-Tournament Team. Makar was first selected by Hockey Canada to compete for Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge in 2015 and 2016. He was selected to the Tournament All-Star Team in both years and helped Canada West to a gold medal in 2015. Unable to defend the gold medal Makar followed up by setting a tournament single-game record for points by a defenceman in 2016. Makar appeared for Team Canada at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan. He had one goal and one assist during the exhibition. His single tally came at a pivotal time on August 4, 2017 against Sweden, tying the contest 4-4 in the third period. The marker re-energized the Canadians as they registered three more goals to pull off a 7-4 win.
Following the World Juniors, Makar reportedly turned down an invite to join the senior team for the Olympics in Pyeongchang in order to focus on his season at UMass, as he would have had to miss three weeks for the tournament.
Makar is the son of Gary Makar and Laura MacGregor. His younger brother Taylor, plays at the junior level with the Brooks Bandits and his cousin Mark Logan also plays collegiate hockey with R.I.T. He is of Ukrainian descent on his father’s side.