Adam McQuaid, who played nine seasons with the Bruins and helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2011, officially announced his retirement from the NHL on Saturday in an article posted by the CBC.
McQuaid, 34, hasn't played in an NHL game since March 2019, when he suffered a herniated disk in his neck while playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
McQuaid told the CBC that deep down he's known for a while that he wasn't going to play again as a result of the injury, but that he wanted to make sure he gave it enough time to see if a comeback might be possible before finalizing his decision.
"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," McQuaid said, adding that he feels much better now.
Those experiences include the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup run, during which he played 23 of 25 playoff games as a fixture on the third defense pairing. His most notable contribution was an assist on Nathan Horton's Game 7 overtime winner in the first round against Montreal, as McQuaid kept the play alive with a good pinch down the wall.
McQuaid also played all 22 postseason games during the Bruins' 2013 run to the Stanley Cup Final. The physical, defensive defenseman played 462 games total for the Bruins from 2009-2018, becoming a fan and locker room favorite along the way.
The Bruins traded McQuaid to the New York Rangers prior to the 2018-19 season, and he was traded again to Columbus prior to the trade deadline that season.
"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," McQuaid told the CBC. "I've got a smile on my face right now thinking about having got to experience those."