By Eric Christensen

TAMPA BAY, Fl. (CBS4)– Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar has won the NHL’s Norris Trophy given out to the league’s top defenseman. He is the first Avalanche player to win the award.

EDMONTON, ALBERTA – JUNE 06: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) takes control of the puck against Edmonton Oilers defenseman Brett Kulak (27) and Edmonton Oilers defenseman Cody Ceci (5) in the first period during game four of the NHL Stanley Cup Western Conference Final at Rogers Place June 06, 2022. (Photo by Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Makar edged out Nashville’s Roman Josi in an extremely close vote. Makar received 1,631 votes while Josi collected 1606.

Makar lead all defenseman with 28 goals and ranked 5th amongst all players in plus/minus at +48.

The trophy case at the Makar household is quickly filling up. He won the Calder Trophy in 2019-20 as the league’s rookie of the year.

 

Eric Christensen