Charlie McAvoy knew exactly what he needed to do in order to prepare for his rookie season in the NHL.
So, the New York native bought a place in Boston, spent the entire summer working out at his alma mater, Boston University, and skated at the Bruins’ practice facility. The 19-year-old defenseman now feels acclimated and ready for training camp.
The highly-touted blueliner was thrust into action last spring. After he completed his second season with the Terriers, he signed an ATO (amateur tryout agreement) with the Providence Bruins before signing a three-year, entry-level contract with the Bruins on April 10.
His services were needed because of injuries to other Bruins defensemen, and he made his NHL debut against the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
McAvoy proved his worth and was not intimidated. It was that experience that helped jump start his mental preparation.
“That experience was so valuable,” McAvoy told BostonSportsJournal.com on Friday.