BOSTON, MA – Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid
is the Boston Bruins 2013 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee, as selected by the Boston chapter of 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.
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.
"When you think of dedication to hockey and perseverance, Adam McQuaid is the perfect embodiment of both while triumphing over a season of adversity," said Joe Haggerty, PHWA Boston chapter chairman and Bruins beat reporter for CSNNE.com. "He's as tough as they come, he's as humble and pleasant as they come off the ice and his amazingly rapid recovery from serious blood clot surgery is a testament to how badly he wants to be out on the ice. All of this and more makes McQuaid the perfect choice as our nominee for this year's Masterton Trophy."
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.
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 187 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.
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