Colorado Avalanche’s Cale Makar appreciated winning the Norris Trophy, given annually to the top defenseman in the National Hockey League at the 2022 NHL Awards on Tuesday. The 23-year-old became the first defenseman in Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history to win this award, as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, with 1,631 points.
However, his number one goal remains to lift the Stanley Cup Final trophy for his side. The Avalanche currently have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against the Tampa Bay Lightning heading into Game 4 at Amalie Arena on Wednesday.
“Obviously (I’m) very honoured to be in the consideration for that award … but for me, I’ve got to kind of turn the page quick here and get ready for tomorrow,” Makar said on Tuesday, as quoted by NHL.com.
“We’re focused on winning right now”
The Calgary native Makar led defensemen during the regular season with 28 goals and was second to Nashville Predators’ Roman Josi in points (86) in 77 games. He leads the Avs with 26 points (seven goals and 19 assists) in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
“They’re such incredible players,” Makar said. “They pushed me so hard throughout the season, just as an individual on ice. It’s amazing to go up against those guys. There’s a lot of credit that goes to them in terms of the success that I had personally this year.”
“I’m still pretty young, so having this playoff experience at an early age is very exciting for me,” Makar said. “You just try to kind of take it all in. At the end of the day, it’s step by step. Being able to experience what we have right now as a team, it’s only going to make us stronger in the future regardless of what happens. But we’re focused on obviously winning right now.”