Born October 12, 1986 (age 25) in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Defenseman for the Boston Bruins
I decided to do a Bruin for my first post-trip MotD because I bought this awesome, thick book that’s a guide to the team and such. It has detailed profiles of each player. Plus, Darth Quaider as he is often called is pretty cool. McQuaid, an easygoing guy who likes evening time, hates being rushed and likes to cook stir-fry, started out playing for four years in the OHL with the Sudbury Wolves. During his junior tenure, he was given both the Sudbury most underrated player and “player’s player” awards for 2006-07. He also had playoff runs with each year in Sudbury and amassed 340 penalty minutes in his time with the Wolves. Wow! In 2005, Columbus drafted him 55th overall, but he ended up never playing in Ohio. He stayed with Sudbury and was traded to Boston for their 2007 fifth-round draft pick in May 2007. Boston immediately put him on a three-year entry-level contract. For the first two years as part of the Bruins organization, he played for the Providence Bruins, earning a decent amount of points for a blueliner and quite a lot of penalty minutes.
He did get called up to the big show in December 2009, sparking one of the five times that season he’d go north from Providence to Boston. He’d play 19 games and score just one goal (in a February 2010 bout with Montreal), though he got 21 penalty minutes in that stint too. The most recent full season marked the first time he started the season on an NHL roster. This paid off: he finished the season with a +30, ranking third overall in the league and first among rookie defensemen. Plus, of course, he got the Cup. He played in 67 games, scoring 3 goals and getting 12 assists as well as spending 96 penalty minutes in the regular season. For the playoffs, he played 23 games, though he scored no goals, but he got 4 assists and 14 penalty minutes. Whenever he gets a fighting major, it tends to actually be a good thing for the team; in 2010-11 when he got a major, the team was 7-2-3. During the playoffs, Pierre McGuire declared McQuaid to be “one tough hombre” after game 4 of the finals. In July, he signed a four-year extension with Boston, so he and his sick flow are going to be part of the Bruins for quite a while more. That’s a good thing. Now if he could just start feeling better so he can play again!