BUFFALO — If Charlie McAvoy’s game is as good as his Twitter, the Bruins have a Hall of Famer on their hands.
The Boston University defenseman was giddy as he discussed being drafted 14th overall by the Bruins Friday night. A native of New York, he admitted that he grew up a Rangers fan but that he’d fallen in love with the city of Boston in his freshman year at college.
“I’m sure my friends back home are kind of happy, but I’m kind of cutting the ties with New York sports,” McAvoy said. “Boston’s an unbelievable city and it’s a great place with great people. I’m happy to be staying there.”
Then, as people on the internet do, someone found this old tweet from May of 2013, which happened to be a month in which the Bruins eliminated the Rangers in the second round of the playoffs:
Asked about growing up in New York, McAvoy admitted he was conditioned to hate Boston sports teams, but that he’s come around.
“You grow up and I guess you’re taught not to like them because of the rivalry and everything,” McAvoy said with a smile. “But I’ve got a Red Sox hat now, so that’s the first step and I’ve this Bruins jersey, so that’s pretty cool.
“I don’t know if I can be a Pats fan, though. We’ll see.”