BOSTON, MA – Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid has been named a finalist for 2013 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, as selected by the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association (PHWA). The Masterton Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Other finalists include Minnesota goaltender Josh Harding and Pittsburgh forward Sidney Crosby.
McQuaid has epitomized perseverance during the 2013 campaign. He faced adversity from the very start in the form of potentially life-threatening blood clots, a by-product of a condition known as Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which most athletes normally miss an entire season from. After undergoing two emergency surgeries to remove the blood clots, the defenseman was deemed unfit to continue his normal offseason workouts in order to give his body adequate time to heal. Despite a bleak prognosis for when the D-man could return to the ice, McQuaid’s steadfast determination and dedication to his rehabilitation efforts allowed the 26-year-old to recover quickly and get back on the ice in December with his goal to join the Bruins for the start if the 2012-13 regular season.
The native of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island eventually made a full recovery and skated beside his teammates to begin the 2013 season on January 19 against the New York Rangers at TD Garden.
Despite a 2013 campaign that saw ample adversity, McQuaid appeared in 32 games where he notched one goal and three assists with 60 penalty minutes and a plus-four rating. McQuaid has skated in all seven Bruins postseason games where he has recorded one goal with a plus-three rating, which is second among B’s defensemen.
McQuaid spent six seasons in the minors between the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) and the Providence Bruins (AHL), before breaking into the NHL with the Boston Bruins in the 2009-10 season, when he appeared in 19 games for Boston. The following season marked McQuaid’s first full NHL season with the Black & Gold, where he went on to win a Stanley Cup Championship, appearing in 23 playoff games, notching four assists with a plus-eight rating. To date, McQuaid has skated in 190 NHL games – all with the Bruins – and has accumulated seven goals and 23 assists with a +41 rating.
The winner of the Masterton Trophy is selected by a vote of the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the conclusion of the regular season.