Cale Makar was selected to be the cover athlete of EA Sports NHL 24 this week. Makar commented on social media, “Couldn’t be more excited to be on the cover for #NHL24. Honored to have this opportunity, @EASPORTSNHL.”
Cale Makar is the 5th defenseman to make the front cover of the EA Sports NHL series. The last defenseman on the cover was PK Subban when he played for the Nashville Predators in 2019. Makar is also the second player to represent the Colorado Avalanche on the cover of the video game series. The first was Peter Forsberg back on the 1998 edition.
Cale Makar has played four full seasons in the NHL, all of which are with the Colorado Avalanche. In the 2019-2020 season, Makar had 50 points in 57 games. His performance would earn him the Calder Memorial trophy, awarded to the most proficient rookie each season. Makar’s best statistical season came two years later. In 2021-2022, Makar had 28 goals and 58 assists. His 86 points in 77 games helped him earn the James Norris Memorial trophy. In the playoffs, Makar would score 8 goals and 21 assists in 20 games. The Colorado Avalanche would go on to win the Stanley Cup that year, and Makar would win the Conn Smythe trophy. Last year, Makar had 17 goals and 49 assists in 60 games. Makar’s 66 points would help elevate Colorado to 1st place in the Central Division. However, the Avalanche would fall 4-2 in the first round of the NHL playoffs to the Seattle Kraken.
The NHL video game series has been running since 1991. Last year, EA Sports featured two athletes on the cover of NHL 23. The two stars they featured were Trevor Zegras and Sarah Nurse. Trevor Zegras is a 21 year old center for the Anaheim Ducks. Sarah Nurse is a 28 year old star for the Women’s Canadian National Team.
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