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FORMER BRUIN ADAM MCQUAID ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM NHL

In an interview with Shane Ross of CBC, former Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid officially announced his retirement from the National Hockey League. The announcement comes two weeks after the birth of his first child, and nearly two years since the Cornwall, PEI native suited up in his last NHL game.

"I guess technically I would say today is probably the first time that I would say that I'm done, publicly, but I guess I've known for a while now that I wouldn't be playing again," McQuaid said.

"I probably had a pretty good idea at that time that the chances of me playing again were really slim but I still wanted to go through the process of seeing what might be possible. It got to a point where I felt like I really kind of tapped out my body."

"I am beyond fortunate to have been able to play as long as I did and to have the experiences that I did. I don't look back on my situation and think, 'Oh, things got cut short or poor me,' by any means", He added.

"Those Stanley Cup runs, the atmosphere, coming to the rink and that'll be something no matter what I do I'll never be able to replicate the energy and the intensity of those games and those moments and those experiences. I've got a smile on my face right now thinking about having got to experience those." He mentioned when discussing his love for his former team, the Boston Bruins.

McQuaid also said that he has no regrets, and has come to terms that his career is now over.

The 34-year-old was drafted in the second round, 55th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2005 NHL Entry draft. He spent ten seasons in the NHL, nine with the Bruins, half a season with the New York Rangers, and finished his career with the team who drafted him, the Columbus Blue Jackets in the latter half of the 2018-19 season.

In 512 regular season games, he tallied 73 points (16 G, 57 A), 694 penalty minutes, and was a +62. In 63 career playoff games, he had 11 points (3 G, 8 A), 30 penalty minutes, and was a +13.

Congratulations to the 2011 Stanley Cup champion on a long and successful NHL career, and all the best in retirement.



Source: CBC
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