BROOKS, AB (May 5, 2017) – Brooks Bandits defenceman Cale Makar (Calgary, AB) has been nominated for the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) Most Valuable Player Award, it was announced today.
The nomination for the 18-year old Makar follows up his nomination for the national organization’s Top Defenceman Award earlier this week.
The 5’11”, 179lb defenceman was the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player this season, and is one of five league MVPs from across the 10-league CJHL nominated for the national award. He has previously won one CJHL award, as he was named the national Rookie of the Year for the 2015-16 season.
No Bandit has ever won the CJHL MVP award, though former captain Cam Maclise was nominated in the award’s inaugural year in 2012-13.
Makar led all AJHL defencemen with 75 points this past season, and is currently ranked 9th by NHL Central Scouting among all North American skaters eligible for the upcoming NHL Draft.
So far, he has recorded 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in 4 games at the current Western Canada Cup tournament in Penticton, B.C., leading all defencemen and ranking 2nd in the tournament in scoring.