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Seniors in Suffolk Sports: Charlie McGinnis

Though the Rams postseason came to an abrupt end last week, the future is bright for Charlie McGinnis, the senior captain of the men’s ice hockey team.

McGinnis, a 23-year-old native of Hanover, Massachusetts has been skating since he was three. A leader on and off the ice, the Marketing major has seen it all in his four years at Suffolk.

In 85 games played, he has 37 goals, 37 assists, and 74 points. McGinnis has been the leading scorer for the Rams in three out of his four seasons.

Lenny Rowe had a chance to talk with McGinnis about his carreer, what he’s learned at Suffolk, and much more. Check out the interview:

Lenny Rowe: What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned?

[At Suffolk] Charlie McGinnis: “Probably time management. You have to focus what the biggest goal is and make time for that. With sports, classes, and work; it’s like a full plate. You have to buckle down and make sure you have time for each thing.”

McGinnis on Senior Night

McGinnis on Senior Night

[On the ice] CM: “Probably how far positivity can carry a team, and on the other end of the spectrum, how much negativity can kill a team. In my sophomore year, a lot of negativity on the bench killed us. This year, positivity, everyone staying positive carried us to our first goal: making the playoffs. It really helped the team stick together. It’s really easier to stick together when everyone is bonding. You want to win it for them, rather than just yourself.”

LR: If you could redo one thing while at Suffolk, what would it be and why?

CM: “I guess be more involved with Suffolk. I don’t think I was very involved at first. As you grow older in the school, you get more and more separated.”

LR: Do you have any advice for hockey players in high school?

CM: “It goes by quick. That was probably the most fun I’ve had in life. Really just enjoy yourself. Focus on what you want to do, not where you want to go. It will help focus where you want to go.”

LR: Where was your favorite place to hang out in Boston?

CM: “I would say anywhere in the North End. It’s a beautiful part of the city. I love how they’ve kept it old school in a sense. That tight sense of community, it’s an unbelievable place to live and spend your time.”

LR: What was your favorite class and why?

CM: “My Brand Marketing Class with [Jeremiah] Mee It was very real-world orientated. We used a lot of real world simulation; he made it fun to go to class.”

LR: What was the worst class you’ve taken?

CM: “Marketing Statistics — all computer work, I didn’t get along with the teacher well. It was a dull subject and really wasn’t that fun.”

LR: What do you see yourself doing out of Suffolk?

CM: “Out looking for a job now. I’d love to get into the medical device sales field. Our assistant coach, Mike Boles does that now. I’d love to get into that field – it’s a great field. I’d like to believe that I can excel in that.”

LR: Why do you think you’d excel in that?

CM: “It’s not a cubicle job. You’re out and about. I can’t see myself staying in the office every day. I’d like to say I’m pretty personable. I’ve worked at the [The Bell in Hand Tavern], always interacting with people. In my years growing up in sports, I’ve always had that competitive spirit and drive.”

LR: Now that you’ll be out of classes, what do you look forward to doing the most?

CM: “I’d like just to see where my career path takes me. The next five, ten years will be the most interesting in my life thus far. To see if I stay in Boston or not, what my job consists of, where I’m at, and seeing and hearing all the people that I went to school and what they end up doing after college, and staying in touch with them. I have a little brother that plays [hockey] at Curry, it’s his freshman year, so I’m excited to go see his games with my parents. I’m excited to see him, see how his college career plays out. My older brother will be moving back from Canada, so it will be nice to have him around again and so we can all go see Dan’s games together.”

LR: What are you going to miss most about Suffolk?

CM: “I’ll probably miss just being around all my friends constantly. Probably the light responsibilities, being in college, being around your friends the whole time.”

LR: What are you going to miss most about the team?

CM: “Practicing and being together every day. Just having fun with each other every day. I’m not really going to miss the bag skates, just basically, being together every day and growing, becoming a family. You’re with each other every day, so you grow the relationships that come along with that, it’s going to be hard to let go of.”

LR: Any advice for underclassmen?

CM: “It goes by quick, so don’t take it for granted. When it’s all over, it’s going to be harder than you think to let it go. Basically, just give it your all, play your best every time you’re on the ice. Really just try to help this program move forward. Your time is going to come to an end, but your story is going to live on.  What you do for the program is always going to be talked about. I’ve seen a lot of people lead with bad impressions and it’s not like I’m ever going to forget those. Their actions speak louder than words, so whatever they do in their four years with the team; every single kid is going to remember those actions, and it’s going to reflect upon them the rest of their lives.”

LR: Feelings on your last season at Suffolk?

CM: “Its bittersweet, thought it ended worse than the whole season went. It was probably my favorite year playing out the four, probably the most close-kit team in four years. Probably most skilled, most together. I think that I left it in good position for them going forward.”

LR: Is there a game or moment from your college hockey career that stands out?

CM: “My freshman year, scored an overtime-winning goal. It was a big game; put us in playoff contention against Becker. I was in and out of the lineup, but that one pretty much solidified it and allowed me to play the rest of the year and the rest of my career.”

LR: What does it mean to be a captain?

CM: “It means that you have to lead everybody else, they’re all looking for you to say the right thing off the ice, do it on the ice. They need a big goal, you’re chewing up the prime minutes of the game, they’re all relying on you to produce and put the team in a position to win.”

“You take pretty much all the blame. The whole team gets the credit, that’s just the way it goes. Coach is always going to go to you; always in your ear talking about guys… you’re doing a lot of behind the scenes work that everyone doesn’t have to deal with. It just weighs on your mentally a lot more.”

LR: Do you have any advice for future captains of the team?

CM: “I think the two future captains [Andrew Ball and Tim Sprague] got their feet wet this year, there’s not too much I can say that they don’t already know about. I’d say that to keep the respect of your teammates; you want to be the hardest working kid on the ice. You want to be vocal and hold people accountable.”

LR: If you could leave one thing to a member of the team, who would it be, what would you leave and why?

CM: “I’ll leave my red jersey to Tim Sprague. So hopefully he can score some more goals next year.” [Laughs]

[For the team]: “I think as a team as a whole, I’d leave that games can spiral out of control pretty quick. They need to focus on what that they can control, and not what is in control of others. To finish every game with class, to play with class. Listen to the coach and the captains when they try to help you in certain aspects of your game.”

McGinnis wanted to leave this last quote with the team: “Best of luck moving forward. Set your goals on the championship, because you’re good enough to get there.”

This is Part Two of a three-part series on the men’s ice hockey team seniors. Stay tuned for Part Three! 

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