April 20, 2024

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Makar: Comparisons to Bobby Orr ‘hard for me to comprehend’

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Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar is aware of the comparisons being made between him and legendary defenseman Bobby Orr, but he remains modest about the parallels and doesn’t see himself as anywhere near the stature of the NHL’s most renowned blue-liner.

Makar addressed the comparisons in an interview with ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski, stating, “Those are crazy comments. To be compared to a guy like that is crazy. It’s hard for me to comprehend that. I’m 24. The amount that he accomplished in his career is pretty much insurmountable. I’m nowhere near that point yet. Obviously, a comparison is a comparison. But for me, (I’m) just kind of bringing it down to Earth a little bit.”

He further elaborated, “Anytime you’re compared to somebody like that, obviously, you’re humbled. But at the same time, I just feel like I’ve almost done nothing yet here. I’m still so young.”

Makar: Comparisons to Bobby Orr ‘hard for me to comprehend’

During the Avalanche’s pursuit of the Stanley Cup in 2022, Wayne Gretzky himself mentioned that Makar is the closest player the league has seen to Bobby Orr since Orr’s era. This sentiment was echoed by Vegas Golden Knights head coach Bruce Cassidy over the summer.

Makar’s offensive production over his initial four seasons in the league has drawn comparisons to Bobby Orr. However, it’s crucial to note that Orr’s accomplishments and accolades at the same stage of his career were much more extensive, setting an exceedingly high benchmark with his remarkable career trajectory.

Cale Makar, while appreciative of the comparisons, remains focused on his own journey in the NHL and recognizes that he has a long path ahead to achieve anything close to the legacy that Bobby Orr has left in the sport.

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