It's not quite Christmas yet, and it's definitely not April Fool's time. Regardless, it was a shock to anybody who has paid attention to college hockey these last 24 years: On Monday, the UMass-Amherst Minutemen - a team with just two winning seasons in its 24-year history - was ranked No. 1 in the nation with a 12-1-0 record.
It's been a team effort at UMass, under coach Greg Carvel, but one player has stood out taller than everyone else. That player would be top Avalanche prospect, Cale Makar.