DENVER — Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar has been selected to the NHL All-Star Game roster for a second-straight season.
Makar, 24, is the third defenseman in franchise history to be named to the NHL All-Star Game in consecutive seasons. Makar was one of four defensemen to be named to the initial all-star game roster.
>Video above is from the Locked on Avalanche Podcast.
Under a new format, the NHL department of hockey operations will select one player per NHL team in each division (including one goalie), making up the initial eight-man rosters for each division.
The three remaining players per division (two skaters, one goalie), will be selected as part of the 2023 Honda All-Star Fan Vote presented by Guaranteed Rate, which will begin at 9 p.m. Thursday and run through Jan. 17.
The 2023 NHL All-Star Weekend starts Friday, Feb. 3 with the NHL All-Star Skills presented by DraftKings.
The 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Game will take place Saturday, Feb. 4 at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida.
Makar ranks fifth among NHL defensemen in scoring this season with 34 points — nine goals and 25 assists — in 36 games.
Makar also leads the entire NHL in ice time, averaging 27:09 per game.
Makar recorded his 200th career point on Nov. 21 in Dallas, reaching the milestone faster than any defenseman in NHL history (195 games).
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