Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was named a finalist for the Bill Masterton Trophy, which is awarded to “the National Hockey League  player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.” The other finalists are Penguins  center Sidney Crosby  and Wild goalie Josh Harding.
McQuaid had to overcome a scary situation during the lockout, as Thoracic Outlet Syndrome caused blood clots to form that made his right arm swell significantly in September. He needed surgery for it, but because it was during the lockout he could not do it with the guidance of the Bruins. He ended up gaining back the weight that he lost and played in 32 regular-season games for the Bruins.
McQuaid has also played in all seven playoff games for the B’s, which has been big considering the injuries they’ve dealt with on the back end.