Former Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is retiring from NHL

Former Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid — a longtime favorite of hockey fans throughout New England — is retiring from the NHL.

“I guess technically I would say today is probably the first time that I would say that I’m done, publicly, but I guess I’ve known for awhile now that I wouldn’t be playing again,” McQuaid told CBC News’ Shane Ross in a story published Saturday.

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McQuaid made his NHL debut with the Bruins during the 2009-10 campaign, and he spent the first nine seasons of his career in Boston.

He helped the B’s beat the Vancouver Canucks in a thrilling seven-game 2011 Stanley Cup Final series, which ended the franchise’s 39-year championship drought. McQuaid also played a role in Boston advancing to the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. He scored the game-winning goal in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final versus the Pittsburgh Penguins, which clinched a berth in the Cup Final.

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“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,” McQuad said, per Ross. “I’ve got a smile on my face right now thinking about having got to experience those.”

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