Bruins release statement on Charlie McAvoy

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 23, 2018

Bruins rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy has been diagnosed with an abnormal heart rhythm.

David Finn noted that McAvoy told team physicians following a loss to the Edmonton Oilers on November 26 that he experienced heart palpitations during the matchup. He was subsequently diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), which is not considered unsafe.

"After consultation with team physicians, as well as experts in this type of heart condition, Charlie chose to have the condition treated with a procedure called an ablation". The type of SVT is not considered to be risky to his health but can recur at any time and causes significant symptoms, according to the Bruins.

Doctors say McAvoy was cleared to play and was closely monitored. According to the Bruins, McAvoy's expected recovery time is two weeks.

McAvoy has been a huge boost on defense for the surging Bruins, inserting himself the Calder conversation after leading all rookies in average ice time this season at 22:48. He's now second among Bruins defensemen with a plus-18 rating, behind only captain Zdeno Chara's plus-24.

McAvoy was the Bruins' first-round pick back in 2016, selected No. 14 overall. He is tied for fourth on the team with 20 assists, and has 25 points.

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