BostonBruins.com - Charlie McAvoy had an assist in a game-high 27:24 of ice time to help the United States to a 4-1 win over Canada and the bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship on Sunday afternoon in Denmark.
The 20-year-old blue liner finished the tournament with nine points (three goals, six assists) in just six games after joining Team USA following the Bruins' second-round exit in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The nine points ranked 13th among all skaters and led all defensemen along with Columbus' Markus Nutivaara.
It was the fifth time McAvoy had represented the United States during international competition and the second straight time he suited up at the World Championship. The long Beach, New York, native won gold at the 2017 World Junior Championship, during which he was named the title game's MVP, while also earning gold at the 2015 U-18 World Championship and bronze at the 2016 World Junior Championship.
Despite falling short of gold, McAvoy was particularly happy with this year's result, given the recent passing of longtime USA Hockey executive Jim Johannson.
"What an unbelievable guy. He did so much for USA Hockey and we know he would be happy winning the bronze today," McAvoy told the IIHF's website. "If he were here, he would give everyone a big hug and thank us for coming. His brother John is here and he said after the game that JJ would be proud. That moves me emotionally and I am so happy I came over here and happy to win a bronze for the United States."
Former Boston University star and current Nashville Predators forward Nick Bonino broke a 1-1 tie with just under seven minutes remaining in the third period, before McAvoy assisted on Anders Lee's empty-netter that extended Team USA's lead to 3-1 with 2:15 to play.