BOSTON - On the ice, Bruins teammates David Backes and Charlie McAvoy share a common goal. Off the ice, however, the two American-born skaters have conflicting allegiances when it comes to collegiate hockey.
Backes spent three years playing for the Minnesota State University Mavericks (2003-06), while McAvoy represented the Boston University Terriers for two seasons (2015-17).
The two squads were set to face-off in a two-game series at Agganis Arena last weekend, and a friendly wager between the two Bruins developed.
If the Terriers swept the Mavericks, the veteran Backes offered to pay for the 19-year-old McAvoy's meals on the road. If the Mavericks were to take both contests, McAvoy would have to come to the Backes family home to scoop dog feces from the back yard. (The Backes' are big-time animal lovers and currently have two dogs.)
The Terriers entered the matchup with the Mavericks ranked No. 2 in the nation, while Minnesota State was unranked. Unfortunately for McAvoy, the Mavericks took it to the Terriers, winning both games by scores of 6-3 and 3-0.
Video evidence of the ordeal has since surfaced, with McAvoy demonstrating impressive coachability and a keen poop-scooping prowess.
While Backes and McAvoy found themselves at odds in this wager, the lighthearted bet serves to further cement the bond between teammates.
In the future, instead of scooping dog poop into the trash, McAvoy hopes to help his team by scooping pucks into the net.