Quality, business of hockey booming

The NHL is coming off its highest-scoring season in decades and a Cup final between the Avalanche and back-to-back champion Tampa Bay Lightning that was a showcase of the best playoff hockey can deliver.

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October 4, 2022 - 2:05 PM

SAN JOSE, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: San Jose Sharks forward Thomas Bordeleau (17) plays in a game against the Colorado Avalanche during the 2022 NHL Rookie Faceoff on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Cale Makar won the Stanley Cup and earned playoff MVP honors after a season in which he was voted the NHL’s best defenseman.

He may be the best hockey player in the world, and still he looks around at Connor McDavid, Patrick Kane, Auston Matthews and Colorado teammate Nathan MacKinnon and marvels at all the talent.

“I just hope it’s fun for fans to watch,” Makar said. “It’s a great time for hockey.”

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