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After Colorado rookie defenseman scores goal on first shot of pro career, teammate Nathan MacKinnon declares: “He’s a stud.”

MARK KISZLA | The Denver Post
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar drops back to defend in the second period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Calgary Flames, Monday, April 15, 2019, in Denver. The game was the first in the NHL for Makar.
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Never seen anything like Cale Makar? You’re not alone. Neither has Claire Elston, who sat on her mother’s lap in the last row of the Pepsi Center on a Monday night that felt as fresh and exciting as a new golden age for Avalanche hockey.

Yes, the 20-year-old Makar was way too young to be the first defenseman in NHL history to celebrate his professional debut in a playoff game by scoring a goal. But don’t even try telling little Miss Elston — all of 10 months old and sitting happily in Section 334 while wearing noise-canceling headphones over her ears and Avalanche colors across her tiny chest — that she should’ve been at home in her crib, fast asleep.

“Yes, it’s way past her bedtime,” admitted Jack Elston, who took his daughter to her first NHL game earlier this season. “But she has been to one more Avalanche game than Cale Makar. And she’ll know about this night forever.”

None of the rest of us will ever forget Makar’s first game in an Avs sweater.

“It was pretty weird,” Makar said, after the Avs routed Calgary 6-2. “But pretty special.”

Read the full story via The Denver Post.

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