Adam McQuaid

Adam Mark McQuaid (born October 12, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has formerly played with the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers and is known for his physical play and capability as a fighter, often protecting younger or smaller members of the team.

Adam McQuaid
McQuaid in September 2015
Born (1986-10-12) October 12, 1986
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Draft 55th overall, 2005
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2007present

Playing career


McQuaid played major midget hockey in his hometown of Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, for the Cornwall Thunder before playing major junior hockey with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for four seasons. McQuaid was selected in the second round, 43rd overall, in the 2003 OHL Priority Selection as a 17-year-old overage player. He was undrafted by the OHL the previous season.

After scoring 19 points in his second season with the Wolves in 2004–05, McQuaid returned to the OHL and, in his final season, helped lead the Wolves to the OHL Final against the Plymouth Whalers; the Wolves were defeated in six games


McQuaid was selected in the second round, 55th overall, by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He returned to the OHL and did not play a game with Columbus before he was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in the off-season. He was immediately signed by Boston to a three-year, entry-level contract.[1]

He was assigned to Boston's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Providence Bruins in 2007–08 and scored nine points in his professional rookie season.

He scored his first NHL goal on February 7, 2010, a game-winner against goaltender Jaroslav Halák in a 3–0 win against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. During Game 4 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, analyst Pierre McGuire described him as "one tough hombre." In that same final, McQuaid won his first Stanley Cup.

On July 14, 2011, McQuaid signed a three-year, $4.7 million contract with Boston.[2]

In 2010, McQuaid suffered a freak concussion after tripping over his suitcase.[3]

In the 2012–13 season, McQuaid helped the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Final by scoring the game-winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. He and the Bruins would end up losing in the Final to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

In the 2013–14 season, McQuaid would miss most of the season with an illness.

On June 26, 2015, McQuaid signed a four-year, $11 million contract extension with the Bruins.[4] In a game against the Washington Capitals on January 5, 2016, Capitals forward Zach Sill boarded McQuaid and was suspended two games.[5]

On October 19, 2017, McQuaid was placed on injured reserve after breaking his right fibula in a game against the Vancouver Canucks.[6]

Having played in nine straight seasons with the Bruins and approaching the 2018–19 season, McQuaid was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Steven Kampfer, a 2019 fourth-round pick and a conditional seventh-round pick on September 11, 2018.[7] McQuaid added a physical presence on the blueline of the rebuilding Rangers, and recorded 2 goals and 5 points through 36 games. With the Rangers out of playoff contention, and in his final year under contract, McQuaid was traded by the Rangers at the trade deadline to his original draft club, the Columbus Blue Jackets, in exchange for Julius Bergman, and a fourth and seventh round picks in 2019 on February 25, 2019.[8] On March 15, 2019 McQuaid scored his first goal as a Blue Jacket, the game-winning goal as they shut out the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-0 in Columbus.

Personal life

His sister, Michelle McQuaid, competed at the 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts representing Prince Edward Island. His brother Chad McQuaid is currently a practicing lawyer in Charlottetown, PEI.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03Cornwall ThunderPEIHA2145944
2003–04Sudbury WolvesOHL473692570112
2004–05Sudbury WolvesOHL663161998802210
2005–06Sudbury WolvesOHL68314171071001116
2006–07Sudbury WolvesOHL65922311102115624
2007–08Providence BruinsAHL6818973100009
2008–09Providence BruinsAHL78411151411603326
2009–10Providence BruinsAHL32371066
2009–10Boston BruinsNHL191012190006
2010–11Boston BruinsNHL6731215962304414
2011–12Boston BruinsNHL72281099
2012–13Boston BruinsNHL32134602222410
2013–14Boston BruinsNHL3015669
2014–15Boston BruinsNHL6316785
2015–16Boston BruinsNHL6418989
2016–17Boston BruinsNHL7728107120110
2017–18Boston BruinsNHL3813462
2018–19New York RangersNHL3623533
2018–19Columbus Blue JacketsNHL141129
NHL totals 512 16 57 73 694 68 3 8 11 30


  1. "Bruins acquire defenseman McQuaid". Boston Globe. 2007-05-17. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  2. "Bruins sign McQuaid to three-year contract extension". Fox News. July 14, 2011.
  3. "Adam McQuaid Ready, Able to Step in and Help Bruins Defensive Corps". Aug 23, 2010.
  4. "Bruins sign McQuaid to four-year, $11M deal". TSN. 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2015-07-06.
  5. Lewis, Scott (6 January 2016). "Zach Sill suspended two games for hit on Bruins' Adam McQuaid". Sportsnet. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  6. "Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid to miss approximately eight weeks". Sportsnet. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  7. "Rangers acquire D McQuaid from Bruins". TSN. September 11, 2018. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  8. "Blue Jackets acquire Adam McQuaid from NY Rangers". Columbus Blue Jackets. February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
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