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By: Amy Tolman | Follow me on Twitter @amy7594.

On December 12, 1992, Austin Czarnik was born in Detroit, Michigan. His career started in college, where he played four years for the NCAA Divison with the Miami Redhawks from 2011 to 2015. On March 31, 2015, the Boston Bruins signed him as an undrafted free agent.

As a Bruin, his first year was spent in Providence due to playing two games scoreless and an unhealthy scratch in another one. But during the 2016-2017 season, he was called up to the Bruins to replace a hurt, David Backes. During that season, he played 49 games, scored five goals, and had eight assists. On October 26, 2016, he scored his first National Hockey League goal in a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers.

Video Credit: Dafoomie

After watching that video and being a Bruins fan, I have to say that even though the Bruins lost that game, Czarnik still scored against Henrik Lundqvist. And in my opinion, it is a great accomplishment when scoring your first goal. Considering what an impressive goalie Lundqvist is.

In 2017-2018, he played 10 games for the Bruins and 64 for the Providence Bruins. Then on July 1, 2018, he signed as a free agent to the Calgary Flames. He played there for two years, and on October 13, 2020, he signed with the NY Islanders.

Czarnik has a wide variety of awards under his belt at age 28.

  • CCHA All-Rookie Team (2012)
  • CCHA First All-Star Team (2013)
  • CCHA Player of the Year (2013)
  • NCAA West First All-American Team (2013)
  • NCHC First All-Star Team (2014)
  • NCHC Second All-Star Team (2015)
  • NCAA West Second All-American Team (2014, 2015)
  • AHL All-Rookie Team (2016)
  • AHL Second All-Star Team (2018)