When Boston University first came knocking in the spring of 2013, Charlie McAvoy had an idea of what to expect from the Terriers’ recruiting pitch.
State-of-the-art hockey facilities? Check. The tradition that comes with donning a scarlet and white sweater? Check. The promise of pro-focused development under the tutelage of new head coach David Quinn? Check.
But as McAvoy and his family held court with BU associate head coach Steve Greeley (now assistant GM of the Sabres), the promising young defenseman didn’t exactly know what to make of another nugget Greeley offered up as one of the Terriers’ main draws.
“You’re through recruiting and they say to you — one of the reasons to come here is you get a chance to play for a Beanpot,” McAvoy told BostonSportsJournal on Friday. “Being a kid from Long Island, I was like, ‘I'm not really sure what that means. That'll probably be cool.’ I didn't know what that really is all about. I wasn't a Massachusetts kid so I didn't grow up going to the Beanpot, seeing what that was all about.”
To be fair, a mid-season tournament held up in Boston isn't exactly going to be on the radar of a 15-year-old kid down in Long Beach.
But fast-forward a couple years, and the first two Mondays in February now represent appointment viewing for McAvoy. And he's not alone in the Bruins' locker room.