A McAvoy Plumbing truck with Bruins stickers on the again door was parked Friday afternoon on the west finish of Long Beach.
That was sufficient to immediate an Islanders fan with the second spherical of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the mind to come back outdoors.
“Listen, you guys aren’t allowed to work on this block until this series is over!” he shouted, perhaps solely partially in jest.
Charlie Charlie Sr. laughed from a distance. He is aware of extra interactions like this one are in retailer so long as his son Charlie Jr. — one of many NHL’s prime defensemen — leads the Bruins in opposition to the Islanders in a series that opens at 8 p.m. Saturday in Boston. Games 3 and 4 will likely be performed 20 minutes away from Long Beach, up the Meadowbrook State Parkway at Nassau Coliseum.
“It’s so strange,” the elder McAvoy informed The Post. “Charlie even said to me, ‘Dad, I’m from Long Island. I’m going to be hearing some heat from people.’ He already has people coming out of the woodwork saying, ‘We’ll see you in Game 3’ and buddies putting pressure on him. But he doesn’t get rattled very easily. I admire him for the way he handles anything that comes at him.”
If Charlie Sr. closes his eyes, he can see his 12-year-old son skating on the outdated Islanders observe rink in Syosset with the Amateur Hockey Association’s Long Island Gulls or on the Coliseum ice with the junior Rangers as a teenager.
When Charlie Jr. was teammates with then-Islanders heart Mike Sillinger’s son, they headed straight from practices to Islanders video games.
The operating joke now is Charlie Jr.’s rise to stardom is sweet for McAvoy Plumbing, as a result of prospects like to speak hockey.
“We should almost give him a commission, though he doesn’t need it,” uncle Kevin McAvoy joked. “We’ve shared Charlie with the whole community.”
The household enterprise is 4 generations outdated, and the McAvoys have been Rangers followers for virtually as lengthy. Charlie Jr. modeled his sport after Brian Leetch, however wished to soak up as a lot hockey as potential, so his father purchased a 10-game ticket plan for the Islanders.
“He was really a student of the game, and we got a lot out of it,” Charlie Sr. “We have some good memories of being in that place.”
Will extra be created quickly? McAvoy, 23, already is making his fifth profession playoff run. He ranked seventeenth within the NHL with a plus/minus of twenty-two this season.
“Having Charlie come play the Islanders makes for great entertainment,” his uncle stated, “because now everybody has a horse in the race. If you are Rangers fans or don’t like the Islanders, you’re rooting for Charlie. If you like the Islanders, you’re rooting for the Islanders.”
Kevin unintentionally referred to as Charlie Jr. from a blocked cellphone quantity final week whereas toying with the Bluetooth in his spouse’s automobile. To his shock, his nephew, in the course of a playoff collection, answered.
“Right away, he’s joking around: What is this your burner phone?” Kevin recalled. “He’s no different than the level-headed kid he’s always been.”
It’s how Charlie Jr. dealt with debuting within the playoffs — not the common season — recent out of Boston University in 2017 and changing the nice Zdeno Chara because the Bruins’ prime defenseman this season, at the same time as accidents compelled a slew of various pairings.
“I don’t know where he gets it from sometimes, but he’s very cool, calm and collected,” Charlie Sr. stated. “He doesn’t have my, let’s call it, Irish temper. I’m more nervous about what fans are going to think of us being in the Coliseum than I am watching my son. Seats are at a premium, but we’ll try our best to get as many McAvoys in the Coliseum as possible.”
This collection simply feels completely different than all of the others earlier than it.
“You just want your children to enjoy playing and do their best,” Charlie Sr. stated, “and all of a sudden, his dream comes true, and it becomes our dream of watching him every night and hoping he stays healthy. We’re there to support him through the peaks and valleys and everything in between, but we’re on a high right now.”