Charlie McAvoy (born 21.12.1997) is an American ice hockey defenseman. He has been playing his NHL career with the Boston Bruins (2016 – today).
Charlie McAvoy played with U.S National Development Team two seasons (2013-15). At that timeframe he won 2014 U-17 Hockey Challenge and 2015 IIHF World U18 Championships. After that McAvoy moved to Boston University and played college hockey there two seasons. In the 2016 NHL draft, Charlie McAvoy was selected 14th overall by Boston Bruins. On 10.4.2017, McAvoy signed NHL contract with the Bruins.
McAvoy’s first NHL game with Bruins was 12.4.2017 – it was playoff game against Ottawa Senators and the Bruins won that 2-1. Boston Bruins was a middle of injury crisis at that time and four of their top six defenders were injured – McAvoy logged the second most ice time on the team in his first game without NHL experience before. On 5.10.2017, Charlie McAvoy made his regular season debut against Nashville Predators. He gets his first regular season points in the game – goal and assist.
On his first season, McAvoy made the NHL All-Rookie Team 2018 and finished 5th overall in voting for the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year. Next season (2018-19), McAvoy suffering some injuries and missed over 20 games due a concussion on 18.10.2018 game against Edmonton Oilers. Charlie McAvoy has become one of the key defensemen of the Bruins and his future seems bright.
Charlie McAvoy has won a gold medal on every junior level – 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, 2015 IIHF World U18 Championships and 2017 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (McAvoy was awarded Player of the Game honors in the gold-medal game). He has also won a bronze medal in 2016 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He was selected for team USA in the 2018 IIHF World Championships and he won bronze. McAvoy won Most Points by Defenseman – title in 2018 World Championships, he made 9 points despite only playing 6 games.