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McAvoy Named to Team USA's Roster for World Championship

Bruins defenseman will represent men's national team for first time

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy was added to the roster of the U.S. Men's National Team for the upcoming 2017 IIHF Men's World Championship, which will be held May 5-21 in Germany and France.

This will be McAvoy's men's national team debut, but the fourth time that the 19-year-old has represented Team USA in international competition. McAvoy was an alternate captain for the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he earned a gold medal and was named Team USA's Player of the Game in the title game.

McAvoy has also won gold at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship and bronze with the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team.

The Long Beach, New York, native will be playing for his fifth team of the calendar year. After winning gold at World Juniors, McAvoy helped Boston University to the NCAA Tournament and was named an All-American after notching 26 points in 38 games during his sophomore campaign.

The 14th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft then joined the Providence Bruins on an amateur tryout agreement, playing four games and tallying one assist. McAvoy went on to sign his entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins and made his NHL debut in Game 1 of the teams' first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series with the Ottawa Senators. He collected three assists during the series and played on the first pairing with Zdeno Chara.

He will join fellow Bruins prospect Anders Bjork on Team USA. Team USA's first game is a preliminary round matchup against Germany on May 5 in Cologne, Germany.

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