Spotlight On: Cale Makar
Cale Makar, the Colorado Avalanche's first selection (first round, fourth overall) at the 2017 NHL Draft, has started the season strong for the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Minutemen. The defenseman had a four-point night in his team's season opener on Friday--notching two goals and two assists--and a game-high six shots. The Calgary, Alberta, native led UMass to a 6-1 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and was the first UMass defenseman to post four points in a game since Mike Kostka on Nov. 18, 2006.
Following his first career NCAA multi-goal outing, Makar added three shots and two penalty minutes on Saturday in the Minutemen's 3-1 win over RPI. On Monday, he was named the Hockey East Player of the Week for the second time in his collegiate career.