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BUFFALO, N.Y. — UMass defenseman Cale Makar was appointed the 20-19 recipient of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as men’s college hockey’s most outstanding player.

Makar is only defenseman that is seventh and the fourth largest sophomore to deserve the top individual honour in NCAA men’s hockey, that has been granted since 1981.

Makar helped whilst the Minutemen will play at the championship game for the first time in school history 29, the UMass hockey program reach peaks this year. Makar is the Hobey Baker Award winner on its program.

Makar has third overall in men’s college baseball and 49 points , with one game left to playwith. He is the highest-scoring defenseman at the NCAA as Wisconsin’s Brendan Smith put up 52 points in 2009-10.

The 20-year-old Calgary native was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche fourth overall from the 20 17 NHL draft. Makar was also called ESPN’s No. 1 NHL-affiliated potential in the 2018-19 midseason top 50 and may join the Avalanche from the Stanley Cup playoffs after Saturday’s college baseball final.

The UMass blueliner conquer fellow Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists Jimmy Schuldt of St. Cloud State and Adam Fox of all Harvard. Each of three finalists were all defensemen, a first at the annals of their award.

Makar and the Minutemen will take on defending champion Minnesota Duluth at Saturday’s national championship game at 8 pm ET on ESPN2.