Cale Makar earns Conn Smythe, as Avalanche win the Stanley Cup

Jun 26, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) reacts after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Stanley Cup in game six of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 26, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) reacts after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Stanley Cup in game six of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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Defense man Cale Makar has won the Conn Smythe trophy as the Colorado Avalanche win the Stanley Cup.

The Colorado Avalanche have won the Stanley Cup after holding off the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 2-1. They de-thrown the team that has won the last two Stanley Cups. Absolutely incredible.

Avalanche defense man Cale Makar was named the playoffs’ Conn Smythe winner—awarded to the best defense man during the postseason. Makar becomes the youngest defense man to win Conn Smythe trophy in the last 52 years.

In 19 playoff games in 2021-22, Makar played in 19 games, scoring eight goals, assisting on 21 goals, and had one game winning goal. He was crucial on power plays, scoring two power play goals and recording 12 points in that category.

Makar previously said something that I believe will go down as a historic quote:

“They’re a team that’s looking to become a dynasty. We’re a team that’s looking to start a legacy.”

During the postgame celebration, Gabriel Landeskog was asked “What will other teams can take away from your journey?” His response was absolutely perfect.

“Find a Cale Makar.”

That goes to show what type of relationship and chemistry this team has. It proved to be crucial as the playoffs went on.

Makar got to play more for the Avalanche after Samuel Girard suffered a broken sternum.

Just a couple of days ago, Makar was named the Norris Memorial trophy winner, which is awarded to the player who was deemed the top defensive player in the NHL.

Makar has obviously been such a big key to the Colorado Avalanche’s success. He was also named to the NHL’s All-Star team in 2021.

Now he and his teammates get to celebrate for the next little while. Congratulations to you, Cale Makar. The Colorado Avalanche are very fortunate to have you on their team.