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Makar Named Calder Trophy Finalist
One of the biggest stars to come from the AJHL, Cale Makar has been named a finalist for the 2020 Calder Trophy after an outstanding rookie campaign with the Colorado Avalanche.
Makar had 12 goals, 50 points in 57 games making him the second-highest scoring rookie behind only Quinn Hughes.
Before heading to the NHL, the Calgary native dressed in 111 games for the Brooks Bandits, Makar was a standout performer every night scoring 35 goals and 135 points during his team in Alberta.
Makar won back-to-back AJHL champions in Brooks beating the Spruce Grove Saints 4-1 in 2016 and then sweeping the Whitecourt Wolverines in 2017.
In 2016, the Bandits lost to the West Kelowna Warriors in the semi-finals but Makar the RBC MVP after leading the tournament in points with four goals and seven points. The following year, they made it one step further but again missed out on the championship losing in overtime to the Cobourg Cougars. Once again, Makar was named the RBC MVP.
He went on to represent Team Canada West in his final season in Brooks at the World Junior A Challenge. He won a goal medal and was named to the All-Star team.
At the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Makar was taken 4th overall by the Colorado Avalanche making him the highest-drafted AJHL player.
Canucks Trade Burns-Marion To SJHL
The Calgary Canucks decided to trade veteran forward Leighton Burns-Marion to the Melfort Mustangs in exchange for future considerations.
Burns-Marion spent two seasons with the Canucks scoring eight goals and 13 points in 92 games.
The move now opens up another 20-year spot for the Canucks with five now on their roster.