Colorado Avalanche defense man Cale Makar has won the Norris Trophy for his outstanding 2021-2022 season.
Boy, the Colorado Avalanche are very fortunate to have this group of star players. Among them is the latest winner of the Norris Trophy, Cale Makar.
The news broke Tuesday evening of the tremendous accomplishment by Makar.
Makar finished the regular season with 28 goals, which led the entire league for the position, and 58 assists. Makar also had six game-winning goals during the season including three overtime game sealers.
With Makar’s help, the Avalanche are now just a couple of games away from either hoisting the Stanley Cup or hanging their heads in defeat by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Perhaps one of the more impressive games from Makar happened on November 19th against Seattle, when he scored two goals on six shots while recording the shortest time on ice for him on the season at 20:09.
Makar (1,631) edged out Nashville Predator’s Roman Josi by 25 votes (1,606), with the Lightning’s Victor Hedman coming in third at 940 votes.
During the regular season, Makar seemed to find success no matter where the game was played. At home, he scored 12 goals and had 29 assists and a +/- of 31, and had one game-winning goal. On the road, Makar had 16 goals and 29 assists but his +/- dipped down to 16.
For his performances during the 2019-20 season, Makar also won the Calder Trophy, which is “given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.”
Congratulations to Makar. Now the 23-year old will have to continue to help his team inch closer to the Stanley Cup, something that Colorado Avalanche fans have not seen since the early-2000’s.
The future is very bright for the Avalanche. Makar is currently tied to the team through the 2027-2028 season, and I have no doubt that if things work out contractually for both sides, he will be with the team even longer.