Cale Makar with Conn Smythe Trophy Source: Profimedia TAMPA – Cale Makar won the prestigious Conn Smythe Trophy for the most useful NHL playoff player (MVP). The defender of the championship Colorado was the most productive player of his team and the third most productive player of this year’s elimination, the 23-year-old Canadian hockey player scored 29 points (8 + 21) in 20 matches. Only Edmonton forward Connor McDavid (33 points) and Leon Draisaitl (32) scored more points in the playoffs. Makar was the most productive player among the finalists and significantly helped Avalanche win the first Stanley Cup in 21 years. In six matches in the final series, he scored seven points for three goals and four assists. He is only the seventh defender overall and the youngest in 52 years to win the MVP play off award. In a short time he enjoys the second individual award, he recently received the Norris trophy for the best defender of the season 2021/2022. In front of him, he managed to win the Norris and Conn Smythe Trophy in the same year with only two backs – Bobby Orr (1970, 1972) and Nicklas Lidström (2002). After the final, Makar picked up the entire team, which took care of the team’s success. “The guys have worked hard to win the cup. EJ (Erik Johnson), Nate (Nathan MacKinnon), ‘Landy’ (Gabriel Landeskog), Mikko (Rantanen) have been on the team for many years, experiencing peaks and falls. It’s amazing to be a part of this teams, to see how they were rewarded for their work. I’m proud of the guys, “he told nhl.com. “As a little boy, I had a poster with Stanley’s cup on the wall in the room. Now I’m thinking of everyone who helped me get this far, especially my family. It’s unreal.” Photo gallery for the article Number of photos: 5 Author: © VIDEO list: YouTube / SPORTSNET Source: TASR
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