Atlantic Youth Hockey League


Alumnus McAvoy named alternate captain for Team USA

Release Date : 12/21/2016

BUFFALO, NY – The Atlantic Youth Hockey is pleased to announce that alumnus defenseman Charles McAvoy (Long Beach, NY/Boston University/Boston Bruins) was named an alternate captain of the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team.

Forward Luke Kunin (Chesterfield, MO/University of Wisconsin) will serve as captain of the American squad that will participate at the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships. Forward Colin White (Hanover, MA/Boston College) will also serve as an alternate captain.

McAvoy spent four seasons in the AYHL, playing Squirt Minor through Pee Wee Minor, along with Bantam Major, with the Long Island Gulls. The defenseman also spent a single season in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League with the New Jersey Rockets, where he was named the circuit’s Most Offensive Defenseman in 2013 after leading all defensemen in scoring with 54 points.

A member of the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2016, McAvoy skated in all seven games for the bronze medal-winning Team USA in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Finland. He was also on Team USA’s gold medal-winning squad at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 World Championship.

Click here for the official release from USA Hockey and click here for more information about the upcoming tournament.

The Atlantic Youth Hockey League is the USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier I AAA youth hockey league of the Atlantic District. From Connecticut to Maryland, the AYHL’s membership is comprised of over 100 teams, representing four districts, and is spread across six playing divisions. The AYHL’s mission is to develop young players with competition, fun, and good sportsmanship, and move them on to the next phase of their hockey career. With a distinguished alumni list of players that spent a portion of their playing career in the AYHL, today’s players choose to play in the AYHL knowing that it is a proven stepping stone for those serious in their hockey pursuits.

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