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OHL graduate Adam McQuaid announces retirement

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A Sudbury Wolves graduate and former Stanley Cup champion announced his retirement on Saturday as Adam McQuaid has called it a career after 10 NHL seasons. The rugged blueliner hadn’t played since March 2019 when he suffered a herniated disk in his neck.

A 34-year-old native of Cornwall, PEI, McQuaid played four seasons in Sudbury from 2003-07, graduating as an Eastern Conference champion with the Wolves. He finished his OHL career with 76 points (18-58–76) over 246 regular season games and tacked on 10 points (1-9–10) in 46 postseason appearances. McQuaid was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round of the 2005 NHL Draft and was dealt to the Boston Bruins in May 2007. Following parts of three seasons with the AHL’s Providence Bruins, he went on to skate in 512 career NHL contests, recording 73 points (16-57–73) in addition to 11 (3-8–11) over 68 career playoff outings.

The 6-foot-4, 210Ib. stay-at-home defender won a Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011 and also had brief stints with the New York Rangers and Blue Jackets prior to retirement. He finishes with the eighth-most NHL games by a player born on P.E.I., in addition to a best-ever plus/minus of plus-62.

“When I played my first game in the league I said, ‘Well I can say I did, I played a game in the NHL.’ Never did I imagine I would do that, let alone play over 500 games and get to play with some of the guys I got to play with,” he told CBC.ca’s Shane Ross.

McQuaid and his wife Stephanie, recently welcomed their first child as he turns his attention to fatherhood.

“It’s such an exciting time. There’s so much in the future and so much to be excited about and look forward to,” he said.

For more on McQuaid’s career, visit nhl.com.

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