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BOSTON—According to a report from Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid has been named a finalist for the Bill Masterson Trophy, which is awarded to the National Hockey League player “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.”
The award nomination must be very satisfying for the 26-year-old who was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition that can lead to life- threatening blood clots according to the report. In addition, he had two surgeries for blood clots in October, and the timetable for this return was in January and at the latest February. However, the resilient McQuaid was back on the ice by December, and was able to take the ice as Boston opened their season on January 19 against the Rangers.
In 32 regular season games with the Bruins this season, he had one goal and three assists. In seven playoff games thus far, he has one goal. That goal came in Game Three at the 13:42 juncture in the first period.
Winning this trophy would be a fitting award for McQuaid, whose gritty and physical play has made him a fan favorite. Much like the Bruins throughout the season, he has persevered and has shown that he truly belongs with the “big boys” of the NHL.