Bruins Update October 20 – Adam McQuaid Broken Fibula

Bruins’ blueliner Adam McQuaid suffered a broken right fibula while blocking a shot Thursday night against the Canucks – while he broke one of the same bones as the Celtics’ Gordon Hayward, his recovery should be quicker

Adam McQuaid helped off the ice after suffering a broken fibula in last night’s game against the Canucks (image courtesy of

Bruins’ defenseman Adam McQuaid is as toughas they come, but he has had tough injury luck in recent seasons, and that run of unfortunate injuries continued last night. After blocking two shots during a shift against Vancouver in theBruins 6-3 win, McQuaid had to be helped off the ice and did not return. He was later diagnosed with a broken fibula and it was announced that he would undergo surgery to fix his fracture on Monday.

X-ray of a fibular shaft fracture

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News of this injury likely causes a shudder to run down the spine of Boston sports fans, as it was only days ago that we learned that the Celtics Gordon Hayward would be out most if not all of the season with a left ankle fracture of his own. The key difference for McQuaid is that his fracture is from a direct blow, in this case from a speeding hunk of vulcanized rubber traveling at speeds around 90 MPH. This almost always results in a fracture of the shaft of the fibula, the area in the middle of the bone, as opposed to a rotational injury like Hayward sustained, which causes damage to the ankle joint itself. Rotational ankle fractures (so-called because they result from rotation of the ankle joint/foot as opposed to a direct blow, as in McQuaid’s injury) result in damage to the ankle joint itself and frequently the ligaments of the ankle, which results in a longer healing time. Fibular shaft fractures do not damage the ligamentous structures of the leg, allowing for a quicker recovery time. On Monday McQuaid will have a plate and screws placed in his leg, allowing for the bone to be precisely aligned and to heal reliably. He may be able to start light conditioning (stationary bike) activities within a couple weeks, and will probably start skating within 4-6 weeks. He should be back on the ice for the B’s by late December at the latest.

While McQuaid’s latest injury is obviously another in an unfortunate run of injuries for the burly defenseman, he should be back relatively soon, certainly faster than Hayward for the Celtics. Moral of the story, if you’re going to break you leg, do it by taking a puck off the shin rather than dislocating your ankle. Or, you know, just don’t break your leg at all, that’s cool, too.