The 6-foot, 192-pound defenseman is about to jump from one playoff run into another. He signed a three-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche a day after his UMass squad lost in the Frozen Four title game. Makar, a 20-year-old from Calgary, could make his NHL debut Monday in Game 3 of a playoff series against the Flames. The series is tied 1-1. “I want to make sure he’s in, rested, prepared and focused on what we’re doing here now,” Colorado head coach Jared Bednar said Sunday. Makar, the fourth pick by Colorado in the 2017 draft, recently won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey’s top player.
The seven-time NASCAR champion is running Monday’s Boston Marathon, and he says it’s a lot like his regular job. “If it’s a lap time I’m trying to hit or a heart rate you’re trying to hit, either way, it’s not comfortable,” Johnson said during the training he has undertaken to get ready for a 26.2-mile footrace in the middle of the NASCAR season. Johnson, 43, has a bucket list of events he wants to complete; he already has knocked off a couple of mini triathlons and half marathons as well as the Assault on Mount Mitchell, a 102.7-mile bike ride with a 10,000-foot vertical climb up a North Carolina mountain.
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