For the third time in 26 years, the Avalanche are represented with the face of the EA Sports NHL video game series. Superstar defenseman Cale Makar has been named the NHL 24 cover athlete.

The highly decorated 24-year-old has already enjoyed a Hall-of-Fame-worthy career. Following the 2019-20 season, Makar earned the Calder Trophy winner as the NHL’s rookie of the year. He was runner-up for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman the following year before capping off the 2021-22 season with his first Norris Trophy, Stanley Cup championship and Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.


Peter Forsberg represented the Avs on the NHL 98 cover before Joe Sakic was featured on the cover of NHL 04. Sakic replaced Danny Heatley, who was initially the cover athlete before being replaced by the Avalanche’s longtime captain.