BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, April 10, that the team has signed Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy to a three-year entry-level contract, beginning with the 2016-17 season. McAvoy is expected to join Boston for Monday's practice at Warrior Ice Arena.
McAvoy has two assists and a plus-three rating in four games with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. He was selected to the Hockey East First All-Star Team in his sophomore season with the Boston University Terriers in 2016-17, posting five goals and 21 assists for 26 points with 51 penalty minutes and a plus-nine rating. The 19-year-old defenseman appeared in 37 games as a freshman in 2015-16, earning Hockey East All-Rookie Team honors after tallying three goals and 22 assists for 25 points with 56 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating. McAvoy led all Terrier defenseman in scoring both seasons.
Prior to attending Boston University, the 6-foot-1, 211-pound blueliner spent two seasons in Ann Arbor, Michigan with the U.S. National Development Team from 2013-15, skating in 117 games and compiling 14 goals and 45 assists for 59 points with 109 penalty minutes.
McAvoy represented the United States in international play on four separate occasions, most recently winning the gold medal as an alternate captain for Team USA at the 2017 Under-20 World Junior Championships, where he posted two goals and four assists for six points with 14 penalty minutes and a plus-six rating. McAvoy notched a goal in the gold medal game and was named to the All Tournament Team.
He also suited up for seven games at the 2016 Under-20 World Junior Championships, posting a plus-five rating as he helped Team USA earn the bronze medal. McAvoy also captured gold medals at the 2015 Under-18 World Junior Championships, where he notched four assists and a plus-10 rating in seven games, and at the Under-17 World Hockey Challenge, where he tallied one goal and two assists in six games.
The Long Beach, New York native was selected by the Bruins in the first round (14th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.