McQuaid voted as Masterton Trophy finalist

McQuaid voted as Masterton Trophy finalist
May 14, 2013, 8:45 pm
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BOSTON – It’s been a difficult, trying season for Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid, who began the year sidelined by a series of dangerous blood clots caused by Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. McQuaid didn’t miss any time because the condition was repaired via surgery during the lockout, and miraculously he was able to rehab the injury in time to be ready for the NHL season opener on Jan. 19.

The rugged defenseman has fought through assorted injuries since he began the season, and was named one of the three finalists for the Masterton Trophy awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey” along with Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby.

McQuaid had a goal and four points along with 60 penalty minutes in 32 games this season, but Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said it was a minor miracle he was able to put together the kind of a season he ended up having in 2013.

“That was a weird one because we couldn’t really do anything because it happened during the work stoppage. I wasn’t medically able to oversee it or to help it along, so it was almost like I was observing it from afar,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “It was pretty scary from the accounts that I got, and I was told that he wouldn’t be ready, in fact there might be a long period of time into the season when he wouldn’t be ready.

“He came back lighter, so he lost some muscle. But credit to Adam, it was a scary thing he went through. I don’t know if he’s told you, but the size of his arm, the swelling was, it swelled up five, six times the size of his arm. He was really scared and feared for his life, so it’s a terrific story, a testament to Adam’s character.”

The last Bruins player to win the Masterton Trophy was Phil Kessel in 2007 after battling back from testicular cancer to have a solid rookie season with the Black and Gold.