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Makar named NHL Rookie of the Month for November

Avalanche defenseman scored seven goals, finished with 16 points in 14 games

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

NEW YORK -- Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar, who led all rookies in goals (7), points (16), game-winning goals (3), plus/minus (+10) and average time on ice (21:25) in 14 contests, has been named the NHL's "Rookie of the Month" for November.

Makar edged New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (4-8-12 in 15 GP), Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes (1-11-12 in 14 GP), Carolina Hurricanes center Martin Necas (4-6-10 in 14 GP), Buffalo Sabres right wing Victor Olofsson (4-6-10 in 14 GP) and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman John Marino (2-8-10 in 14 GP) for the honor.

Makar became the fifth rookie defenseman in NHL history to record seven or more goals within a single calendar month - and the first since Brian Leetch in January 1989 (7-9-16 in 13 GP w/ NYR). Makar also became the first rookie blueliner with 16-plus points in one calendar month since Alexei Zhitnik in March 1993 (5-14-19 in 14 GP).

Meanwhile, Makar's three game-winning goals - registered Nov. 9 vs. CBJ, Nov. 12 at WPG and Nov. 29 at CHI - were the most by any rookie defenseman within a single calendar month in NHL history.

The 21-year-old Calgary native - who made his League debut during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs with the winning goal against his hometown Flames - tops rookies with 8-18-26 through 26 total outings this season. Makar's 26 points are the fourth-most by any NHL defenseman through his first 26 career regular-season games, behind only Harry Cameron (22 14-36 from 1917-19 w/ TAN), Larry Murphy (5-24-29 in 1980-81 w/ LAK) and Hap Day (10-17-27 in 1924-25 w/ TSP).

Makar, the fourth overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, joins Olofsson (October) as a "Rookie of the Month" winner in 2019-20.


Cale Makar in November

Date   Opponent G   A   PTS   Result
Nov. 1   DALLAS   0   1   1 2-1 L
Nov. 2   at Arizona 0   0   0 3-0 L
Nov. 5   at Dallas 0   1   1 4-1 L
Nov. 7   NASHVILLE 1   2   3 9-4 W
Nov. 9   COLUMBUS 2   0   2 4-2 W
Nov. 12   at Winnipeg 1   0   1 4-0 W
Nov. 14   at Edmonton 0   0   0 6-2 L
Nov. 16   at Vancouver 0   4   4 5-4 OT W
Nov. 19   at Calgary 0   1   1 3-2 W
Nov. 21   at Minnesota   2   0   2 3-2 L
Nov. 23   TORONTO 0   0   0 5-3 L
Nov. 27   EDMONTON 0   0   0 4-1 W
Nov. 29   at Chicago 1   0   1 5-2 W
Nov. 30   CHICAGO 0   0   0 7-3 W
Totals 7   9   16   8-6-0

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