Cale Makar could face ban from next Olympics, this is why the superstar may have to sit out while NHL players return to Winter Games

Cale Makar could face ban from next Olympics, this is why the superstar may have to sit out while NHL players return to Winter Games

Cale Makar is perhaps the best defenseman in the NHL right now

In the early stages of this season, he became the fastest D-man in NHL history to reach 250 points, surpassing names such as Bobby Orr, Denis Potvin, Brian Leetch, and Paul Coffey.

It’s milestones like that Makar has been reaching since making his NHL debut. It’s remarkable to think that he’s only 25 years of age and probably has more than 10 years left in the league.

Last week, it was announced that NHL players would return to the Olympics for the first time in over a decade, missing the previous two Winter Games.

But in a surprising turn of events, superstar Cale Makar may face a ban for the next Olympics, which may see him forced to sit out his first shot at the Olympics.

As the London Police have opened up their investigation into the 2018 World Juniors sex assault case, confirming charges against five former Canadian WJC players, Hockey Canada has announced that all players from the 2018 team remain banned from playing with the national team.

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 05: Cale Makar #8 of the Colorado Avalanche waits for a face off during the first period of the game against the New York Rangers on on February 5, 2024 at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Getty Images)

That includes Cale Makar, who, therefore, could miss the 2026 Olympics due to the ban.

”Pending the completion of the appeal process, all players from the 2018 National Junior Team remain suspended by Hockey Canada, and are ineligible to play, coach, officiate or volunteer with Hockey Canada-sanctioned programs,” the statement read.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – JANUARY 20: Cale Makar #8 of the Colorado Avalanche looks on against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on January 20, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Not long after the statement was released, fans quickly pointed out that this would lead to Makar, Canada’s best defenseman, not playing.

Cale Makar has been instructed not to comment on the charges facing five of his teammates from the 2018 WJC team, but he wasn’t a part of anything that happened at the time.

Of course, a lot can change from now to 2026, and there’s a good chance Makar will become eligible to play for Team Canada once the court case is complete, but it’s uncertain how long it will take to conclude the investigation.

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