BOSTON - NESN announced today, Saturday, March 31, that Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy has been named the winner of NESN's 7th Player Award presented by Central Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Norwood & The Central Auto Team. McAvoy was selected by a fan vote on NESN.com. NESN's 7th Player Award is an annual award presented to the Bruin who exceeded the expectations of Bruins fans during the 2017-18 season.
McAvoy has burst onto the scene in his rookie season with the Bruins in 2017-18, following an impressive NHL debut in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff first-round series against the Ottawa Senators. During that series, he posted three assists in six games, while ranking second on the team behind captain Zdeno Chara with 26:11 time on ice per game. His postseason success carried over to this regular season, as he tallied his first career NHL goal and assist in the team's season-opening win vs. Nashville on October 5. Since then, the 20-year-old has become one of the Bruins' most dependable blueliners, ranking second on the team with 22:06 time on ice per game and second among the team's defenseman in scoring with seven goals and 25 assists for 32 points. McAvoy leads all rookie D-men in time on ice per game, points per game (.54) and plus/minus (+26), and is tied for second with 121 hits (min. 30 games).
The Long Beach, New York native was selected by Boston in the first round (14th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
NESN's voice of the Boston Bruins Jack Edwards hosted an on-ice pregame ceremony before the Bruins/Panthers game on March 31 to present McAvoy with the award. In addition to the 7th Player Award trophy, McAvoy will receive $5,000 to donate to the charity of his choice.
Past recipients of NESN's 7th Player Award currently on the Bruins include David Pastrnak (2017, 2015), Brad Marchand (2016, 2011), Tuukka Rask (2010) and David Krejci (2009).
The 7th Player Award Sweepstakes winner is Thomas Ledger of Enfield, CT. Ledger will receive the keys to a 2018 Jeep Renegade Sport courtesy of Central Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Norwood & The Central Auto Team.