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Avalanche's Cale Makar, Sharks' Justin Braun finally meet as relatives

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DENVER — It’s not the first time two opposing players have suggested a post-game meeting in the parking lot.

However, this time there was no threat of violence involved. This meeting was born out of a familial connection, which is what Cale Makar and Justin Braun have.

The opposing players are related, but had never met.

“Cale is my wife Jessie’s second cousin,” beamed Braun, a San Jose Sharks veteran defenceman. “We finally met after Game 2 in the parking lot. I’m not really related — I’m married into it.

“Her dad (Chicago Blackhawks legend Tom Lysiak) said his favourite cousin was Cale’s dad growing up. It’s kind of awkward because we’re in a playoff series, but Jessie had been writing him and she wanted to meet with him.”

The meeting came after Makar’s Avalanche beat Braun’s Sharks last Sunday, just two weeks after Makar made his NHL debut.

“She said ‘Hi’ and he met Madison, our little daughter — it was a quick little meeting,” said Braun. “I’m........

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