Sports Profile: Unstoppable Youngster MacKinnon on a Career Breakaway

Here’s why watching the Colorado Avalanche is more exciting than ever.

Canadian ice hockey center 19-year-old Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche is off to an immensely promising 2014/2015 season and has tallied an impressive 12 goals and 24 assists for a total of 36 points. He was drafted in the 2013 season by the Colorado Avalanche as a first pick and was able to achieve 63 points as an NHL rookie.

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Of all his statistics, age seems to be the most remarkable number, because he is one of the best young players in the NHL and is the youngest player to have been awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy for rookie of the year. Being born in ’95 also makes him the age of the average college freshman. Instead of eating Doritos and playing XBox in a dorm room, MacKinnon is the fifth highest scorer on the Colorado Avalanche and just recorded his first career hat trick on Sunday, February 22nd against the Tampa Bay Lightning to lead them to a 5-4 victory. He’s now the youngest player in franchise history to score three goals in a game.

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MacKinnon hasn’t taken the normal career route and is living the life many 19 year olds dream about, which gives you one more reason to watch the Avs. You won’t want to miss their next game tonight against the Nashville Predators at 6:00 pm.

Visit us on Twitter @bouldersource to see video of Nathan MacKinnon’s hat trick!

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