NHL suspends Avalanche star defenseman Cale Makar for his Game 4 hit

Apr 25, 2023, 12:13 PM

Cale Makar...

(Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

(Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The NHL Department of Player Safety suspended Avalanche star defenseman Cale Makar on Tuesday afternoon.

Makar will be forced to sit out Game 5 of the Avs series with Seattle, after his check injured Kraken forward Jared McCann in Game 4.

If you click on the link above, it leads to a video from the league, providing an explanation for the suspension.

“It is important to note that McCann is in no way eligible to be checked on this play,” the voice in the video says. “Makar finishes this hit well outside the allowable window for finishing a check.”

Makar, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy last year as the NHL playoffs MVP, has never faced league discipline before. After the game, he made it clear he was not trying to injure McCann.

But the league felt differently, and now the Avs will have to try to win Game 5 without him. The series is currently tied 2-2 after a disappointing OT loss on Monday night. The Avalanche are also missing forward Valeri Nuchushkin, so this Round 1 test just got even more interesting.



Andrew Cogliano...

Will Petersen

A few weeks after fracturing his neck, Andrew Cogliano goes to Nuggets game

It's a great sign that Cogliano was out and about, after he missed the Avalanche's Game 7 loss thanks to the horrific injury on a very sketchy hit

14 days ago

Gabriel Landeskog...

Will Petersen

A day after surgery, Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog posts positive update

We'll see if Landeskog can ever be the same player again, or even get on the ice at all, but it looks like the captain is taking everything in stride

21 days ago

Gabriel Landeskog Valeri Nichushkin...

Mike Evans

The Avalanche face huge uncertainty heading into offseason

With two key players becoming huge question marks and a farm system that hasn't produced of late, Colorado might become a one-hit wonder

22 days ago

Chris MacFarland...

Will Petersen

Avalanche stay vague, but management takes first questions on Nichushkin

The forward signed a $49 million contract last offseason, and GM Chris MacFarland confirmed he would like him on the team moving forward

24 days ago

Gabriel Landeskog...

Will Petersen

Avs say Landeskog will undergo another knee surgery, out for 2023-2024

Landeskog's played 20 hockey games the last 14 months, but they were important ones; those 20 helped the Avs capture their third Stanley Cup

24 days ago

Valeri Nichushkin...

Will Petersen

Seattle Times obtains 911 call surrounding incident at Avs team hotel

In the 911 call, an unidentified man told dispatchers "we suspect someone might have OD’d on alcohol potentially or something got mixed in a drink"

29 days ago

NHL suspends Avalanche star defenseman Cale Makar for his Game 4 hit