McQuaid unveils concussion kept him out of playoffs

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McQuaid unveils concussion kept him out of playoffs

BOSTON -- Adam McQuaid is used to playing through injuries.

Being banged up is one thing. Having a concussion is another.

That's what ended Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid's season. He revealed that during Friday's break-up day at the TD Garden.

McQuaid took a vicious hit behind his own net from Jason Chimera on March 29. He missed three games, and then returned in a limited role on April 5 in Ottawa, the second-to-last game of the regular season.

That would be the last time McQuaid saw the ice.

"Originally, I wasn't feeling too bad," said McQuaid on Friday. "And then some concussion symptoms came up. I'm feeling much better than I was, much better. So, I'll take care of myself this summer. And I think there will be absolutely no issues in a short period of time."

McQuaid said he felt "helpless" watching his Bruins lose their first-round playoff series with the Washington Capitals. He also said that if the B's season extended past the first round, it was looking as if he could have returned.

"The progression that we were making, all signs were pointing to getting back, at least getting back to testing myself out," he said.

McQuaid is expected to make a full recovery in the very near future. But he's learned not to mess with concussions, even if he's used to playing through injuries, saying that, "the hardest part is to be honest with yourself."

"I just wasn't feeling as well as I thought I would," said McQuaid. "It was tough to tell the trainers, but I felt like I had to, and we just looked further into it. It's something that you can't necessarily play through. It's not smart to. And hopefully I can play for many more years. I don't want to jeopardize that."

Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

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Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

The Bruins’ new practice facility has been years in the making and they will finally get to officially open the doors to Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton next month. 

The B’s players will start informal captain’s practice skates at the new facility on the New Balance property in these final days of August, but the team announced on Friday that the new facility will be officially opened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, team president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney and a number of players will be on hand for the opening ceremony and ensuing open house for the media. Also planning to attend from New Balance will be Owner and Chairman Jim Davis and NB Development Group LLC Managing Director Jim Halliday, along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. 

Following the formal portion of the event, Warrior Ice Arena will host the “Boston Youth All-Star Game featuring Bruins Alumni” which will feature local squirt players from the Boston communities of Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, South Boston and West Roxbury mixed in with members of the Bruins alumni. 

The Youth All-Stars will team with Bruins alumni and they will play the first official game before the ice is turned over to the current Bruins players for their training camp later in the month.

The Warrior Ice Arena gets its name from the Warrior brand of hockey equipment that is now a division of New Balance and comes with a 79-foot high Warrior hockey stick that greets visitors at the front entrance doors.

Warrior Ice Arena will be the B’s new and permanent practice home after the Bruins spent 25-plus years practicing in the suburbs of Boston at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. 

 

Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

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Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finally catching up on “The Man in the High Tower” on Amazon.

*The Coyotes and Panthers executed a trade sending Dave Bolland to Arizona, and it’s not exactly great news for Gary Bettman with Arizona continuing to take on a lot of dead money.

*Alex Pietrangelo was appropriately humbled to be named the 21st captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.

*The Colorado Avalanche have a new head coach, and his name is Jared Bednar, who it is said will get the players to play hard for him.

*The footage of somebody in full goalie equipment running away from a burglary scene is something out of a movie.

*The New York Rangers can never have enough depth, and that’s why they added Brandon Pirri to the mix on Thursday.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker says Lawson Crouse brings the total package in the trade from Florida to Arizona, and he also brings a player that can take a hell of a hit as he was the guy that got rocked by Charlie McAvoy at the World Junior Showcase earlier this month.  

*It’s only 15 days until the US National Team Development Program gets going with their 2016-17 schedule: here it is in full.

*For something completely different: can you see David Ortiz’s face in this corn maze? This could be like an ink blot test.