Cale Makar. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Saturday, UMass lost to Minnesota Duluth for college hockey's national championship but, last night, former Minutemen star and Hobey Baker Award winner Cale Makar immediately made his presence felt in the National Hockey League.
Makar's the seventh player in league history and first defenseman to score a goal in his debut, during the playoffs. And, ironically, the eventual game-winner came against his hometown Calgary Flames.
Avalanche won for a 2-1 first-round series lead, and Makar loved the moment.
"Pretty special," he said. "Obviously it's cool, momentous—you've been working your whole life to this point, but obviously, you aren't done yet."
Makar's father, Gary, said the experience was surreal and insane, and he couldn't have been more excited.
Makar's 20, and just signed his three-year deal with Colorado Sunday, after his college season ended.
WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports