By Michael Spencer


DENVER (CBS4) – Fresh off a 2-1 overtime win in game two of their first round series with the Calgary Flames the Colorado Avalanche announced they have signed Cale Makar to an entry-level contract.

BUFFALO, NEW YORK – APRIL 11: Cale Makar #16 of the Massachusetts Minutemen takes the puck as Jarid Lukosevicius #14 of the Denver Pioneers defends during the semifinals of the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four at KeyBank Center on April 11, 2019 in Buffalo, New York.The Massachusetts Minutemen defeated the Denver Pioneers 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Makar, who just finished his sophomore season at UMass, won the NCAA’s Hobey Baker Award given to the nations best college hockey player. He will join the Avalanche immediately and is expected to play in the first-round series against the Flames.

The Avalanche selected Makar with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the NHL Draft in 2017. He was voted the Hockey East Player of the Year and named an AHCA First Team (East) All-American.

BUFFALO, NEW YORK – APRIL 12: Cale Makar of the University of Massachusetts and winner of the 2019 Hobey Baker Memorial Award speaks during the award ceremony at the Harbor Center on April 12, 2019 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

“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 via the team’s release. “He is a team-changing type of player who made a lasting impact on the UMass hockey program. We are excited to have him join our team,” added Sakic.

Makar led Hockey East and ranked first nationally among all NCAA defenseman with 49 points in 41 games. 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.

The Avalanche will host Calgary for game three of their best-of-seven series on Monday at the Pepsi Center. The series is currently tied 1-1.

Michael Spencer

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