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Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy underwent a procedure today to treat an “abnormal heart rhythm” that was first noticed after a game on Nov. 26. McAvoy will remain in hospital overnight and has a recovery timeline of two weeks.

McAvoy was diagnosed with a supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), and though it was not immediately dangerous, a decision was made to treat it now before any recurrence. The 20-year-old had obviously continued to play after the initial diagnosis but underwent a procedure called an ablation today according to the team.

The Bruins, who have been the hottest team in the NHL for quite some time, will have to adjust to playing without their young Calder nominee, who had been logging big minutes and playing a key role on their blue line. The first-round pick has 25 points on the season and was averaging more ice time than any Bruin not named Zdeno Chara. He was a replacement candidate for Victor Hedman in the All-Star Game but won’t be able to take part now.

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This article first appeared on Pro Hockey Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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