Makar turns down Olympics invitation

Cale Makar has reportedly turned down an invite to the Olympics. More

Colorado Avalanche top prospect Cale Makar turned down an invitation to play for Team Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics, reports TSN's Darren Dreger. But general manager Sean Burke and head coach Willie Desjardins don't have that luxury for next month's Games, as the National Hockey League decided not to send players to the Olympics for the first time since 1994. In 16 games this season for the team, Makar has a goal and eight assists. He showed an uncanny ability to walk the blue line and find open shooting lanes from the point, and established himself as a power-play specialist for a Canadian side that tore it up with the man advantage until it met a formidable Sweden penalty kill in the gold medal game.

The fourth overall pick by the Colorado Avalanche last summer, Makar is now enrolled at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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Makar just returned from a successful stint in the IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo as he was a part of the gold-medal-winning Team Canada squad.

Canada's official roster for the Games is set to be announced Thursday.

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