Off The Post: Cale Makar Hockey Cards, Colorado Avalanche – In the latest edition of Off The Post, Cale Makar speaks with hockey media after he was announced as the recipient of the Calder Memorial Trophy for 2019-20.
After gaining his first NHL ice time during the 2018-19 playoffs, where he counted six points in 10 games, Makar made the Avalanche out of training camp. In his first regular season game, Makar tallied his first goal. By season’s end, he had 12 goals to go along with 38 assists across 58 games. His play helped the Avs reach the playoffs, where he counted 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) in 15 games.
Makar’s road to the NHL saw him start in the Alberta Junior Hockey League rather than with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL who drafted him. This allowed Makar to enter the NCAA and compete with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. By the time the 2017 NHL Entry Draft rolled around, Makar’s play had earned him high rankings among amateur scouts, and he ended up being chosen fourth overall by the Avalanche. Makar chose to stay his original path, however, and played at UMass-Amherst for two seasons before entering the NHL.
Once Makar arrived, he made it clear that he was going straight to the bigs, foregoing the AHL route. Collectors quickly sat up and took notice, elevating his rookie cards, including his Young Gun, which appeared in 2019-20 Upper Deck Series 2, to lofty status. He now boasts an impressive array of cards, including pieces from SP Authentic that are at the top of collector want lists.
Makar became the first member of the Colorado Avalanche to win the Calder Trophy since Nathan Mackinnon earned the award in 2014. Other recipients from the Avs and their predecessors, the Quebec Nordiques, include Gabriel Landeskog (2012), Chris Drury (1999), Peter Forsberg (1995) and Peter Stastny (1981).
Congratulations Cale Makar!
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Off The Post: Cale Makar Hockey Cards, Colorado Avalanche
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