On Friday, Makar was announced as the victor of the 2019 Hobey Baker Award as the most valuable player in NCAA hockey.
Makar spent the 2018-19 season leading UMass to the Frozen Four championship game, which the Minutemen lost to Minnesota Duluth.
After falling just short of an NCAA title with the University of MA on Saturday, Makar signed a rookie deal with the Colorado Avalanche, and it probably would have been impressive enough that he managed to suit up for Game 3 against the Calgary Flames.
MacKinnon did the damage again when Garnet Hathaway was in the box five minutes later, and then Calgary kid Cale Makar became the only defenseman in National Hockey League history to score while making their National Hockey League debut in the playoffs.
"It's a lot of excitement, a lot of different emotions", Makar told the visiting network Sportsnet during the first intermission. "Hopefully, it doesn't for a little bit".
The Calgary native met his new Colorado teammates during Monday morning's team skate.
Calgary has only held a 2-0 lead four times in 44 all-time playoff series. "Nate (Nathan MacKinnon) made a really good pass there, a drop". "Just go out there and do what they need me to do". It's a great group of guys and they've accepted me really quickly. "A special moment and I was glad I could help this team".
Makar, who grew up a Flames fan in Calgary, was the fourth overall pick by the Avalanche in 2017. There will be plenty of scoring opportunities that pop up during game three, and the goalies will likely play a huge role in deciding who wins the series.
One conversation with Makar had Bednar convinced that it was the right call, though. "Here he is, flying in yesterday, newly signed and already in the lineup". The Avalanche have now stolen home-ice advantage as we head to game three, but these teams are extremely competitive. "If you give him too many open looks, he's going to find a way to get one past you, sooner or later". There's a lot of blame to go around for the way Monday night's game went down.
Making it all the more unusual is the fact that his Avs were going up against the team he proudly loved and supported growing up. "The biggest thing about my game, and [Barzal], and [Lee] is you want to have the coach trust you, and I think Barry does now with the way we have played defensively and able to break the puck out and go down and score". "It's a team I watched growing up, (but) the last few years I've been with the Avs". "It's going to be an interesting feeling".
Wearing No. 8, Makar jumped on the ice early in the game and was given a loud cheer by the capacity crowd. There were more Flames jerseys in the crowd at the Pepsi Center than you might have expected Monday night.