Did Someone Call a Plumber?

Charlie McAvoy and the Boston Bruins head to Long Island to avoid what could be a crappy situation.

Long Island Native Charlie McAvoy and the Boston Bruins are on the Brink

As the New York Islanders play their final game at the Nassau Coliseum versus the Boston Bruins, the hometown native Charlie McAvoy may confront elevated emotions tonight in Game 6.

Born and Raised on Long Island: Charlie McAvoy grew up in Long Beach, New York, where he began skating at the age of 3. As a plumbing and heating contractor, his father, Charlie McAvoy Sr. helped establish Long Beach Arena, where Charlie started his hockey career.

“We’re a plumbing company that does OK,” McAvoy Sr. told The Athletic’s Fluto Shinzawa. “We’re just plumbers.”

Charlie McAvoy has a bit of history with the New York Islanders. McAvoy skated at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the Junior Rangers Youth Hockey League as a young hockey player. He also competed at the New York Islanders’ former practice facility in Syosset, New York, where he played for the Long Island Gulls of the Amateur Hockey Association.

As the New York Islanders play their final season at the Coliseum before relocating to UBS Arena in Elmont, New York, for the 2021-22 season, Charlie McAvoy may experience heightened emotions going into Game 6 tonight.

McAvoy's NHL Career: The Boston Bruins selected Charlie McAvoy with the 14th pick of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. In his rookie campaign, McAvoy scored seven goals and totaled 25 assists in 63 games while being named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. Since he emerged in the NHL, McAvoy has been one of the league’s top defenseman. In his first four NHL seasons, the cornerstone of the Boston Bruins D-Core has totaled 24 goals and 98 assists.

McAvoy’s skillset is fun to watch as he consistently lines up against the opponent's top players. McAvoy excels on the powerplay and clears the pipes on the PK. Not only that, but he brings a much-needed physical element to the Bruins’ back-end.

2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs: In the first round versus the Washington Capitals, McAvoy totaled five assists while helping the Bruins win the series in five games. In the second round versus the New York Islanders, McAvoy has been arguably the Bruins' best player, as he's scored one goal along with five assists. While McAvoy continues to excel, the Bruins find themselves in a hole versus the Islanders, who lead the series 3-2. 

Game 6 is tonight at the Coliseum, where the Bruins season is on the line. With 28 shots on goal, while scoring one goal and 10 assists this postseason, the Bruins need McAvoy to dominate tonight to force a Game 7, which would bring the series back to TD Garden in Boston on Friday. We’re sure McAvoy and the Bruins are drained but they need to flush the prior losses before their season goes down the toilet.

All plumbing puns aside, McAvoy’s story—and that of his family—is incredible. Blue-collar roots built the game. We need more of it.

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