Charlie McAvoy Excited To Remain With Bruins: ‘Something We Wanted To Do’

McAvoy is happy to remain with the Bruins a while longer

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October 15, 2021

Charlie McAvoy will be with the Bruins into his 30s after signing an eight-year extension Friday morning.

The 23-year-old Boston defenseman has become a staple on the blueline, particularly since Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara left the organization.

The deal is great for both the Bruins and McAvoy in terms of value and term, and McAvoy has a chance to up his game and continue to be an elite defender in the NHL with a Bruins team that constantly is in the Stanley Cup playoffs picture.

“There is no place I’d rather be,” McAvoy told reporters Friday. “It’s such an emotional day and a bit of a whirlwind, but I couldn’t be happier right now.”

McAvoy, a Long Island native, called Boston is home and said that his goal was to remain with the Bruins long-term.

“That was my goal and my vision,” he said. “My life, as of recent, is here in Boston. I moved here full-time, I’m here in the summer and I have my routines. It’s here year-round. I love it here. I love the city, the people, the fans. It’s home for me and where I feel like I belong, where I want to be.”

The eight-year deal also means McAvoy’s beloved french bulldog, Otto, will get some new tasty treats.

Team president Cam Neely and general manager Don Sweeney both hinted at talks being had, and McAvoy said the feeling was mutual throughout the conversations.

“It was something we wanted to do, something both parties were trying to do,” McAvoy said. “Every talk was positive and getting toward an end goal. We were able to get there (Friday) and now I get to do what I love, which is play hockey. There is no stress around it. I get to come to work every day and do what I love.”

The Bruins begin their 2021-22 NHL season Friday at TD Garden against the Dallas Stars, and McAvoy will take the ice knowing he has a hefty new contract.

Thumbnail photo via Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports Images
Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy
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