When the symptoms first started to manifest, Charlie McAvoy didn’t exactly have much of an answer.
The 20-year-old defenseman had never suffered a concussion before in his hockey career, but something certainly felt off following Boston’s loss to the Oilers on Oct. 18.
“There’s a plethora of concussion symptoms,” McAvoy said on Saturday at TD Garden. “When I first had it, it was kind of really overwhelming me.”
After consulting with the team’s medical staff, McAvoy was put on a plane and sent back to Boston on Oct. 20 — with the skilled defenseman yet to return to game action after over five weeks on the shelf with concussion symptoms.
While McAvoy is still not cleared to return to the B’s lineup, he did offer some updates on his recovery process as well as the challenges that come from overcoming a brain injury during Saturday's game against the Red Wings.