Newly signed defenceman Charlie McAvoy makes his long anticipated pro debut today as the Providence Bruins take on the Springfield Thunderbirds at MassMutual Center.
For McAvoy leaving Boston University early and ending his career in the NCAA to turn pro wasn’t a decision that he took lightly. “I definitely took my time and talked to all the people that I trust…we all came to the conclusion that I’m ready for this step,” said McAvoy when asked why he decided to join the Bruins AHL affiliate. He followed up with, “I’m really excited and just soak up as much information as I can and learn what it’s like to be a professional.”
Ultimately the goal is for McAvoy to earn a promotion to the NHL and play in Boston for the foreseeable future. He’s a highly talented defender who was drafted by the Bruins 14th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He’s put up back to back 25+ point seasons at Boston University the past two years and was awarded Player of the Game honors in USA’s gold medal shootout victory over Canada at this past year’s World Junior Championships.