Makar turns down Olympics invitation

Angelo Anderson
January 13, 2018

Sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger that the 19-year-old defenceman from Calgary has turned down the opportunity to represent Canada at next month's Winter Olympics. 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.

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.

Individually, Makar was the highest scoring defenseman in the field, posting eight points in seven games for Team Canada. As a freshman anchoring a blue line at Umass-Amherst after making the leap from Tier-II Junior A to NCAA Division 1, another month away from his college team spent sitting on the bench rather than developing could certainly hinder the progress of the 2017 No. 4 overall pick as he tries to make his next steps towards cracking the Colorado Avalanche's roster sometime in the not-too-distant future.

Hockey Canada is expected to announce its roster Thursday at 2 p.m.

Makar, who posted three goals and four assists in Team Canada's victory at World Juniors, now has a goal and eight assists in 16 games with the Minutemen this season.

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