He doesn't always speak, but he's carefully listening.

He doesn't always look engaged, but he's so zoned in he's blocking out everything around him.

He doesn't always appear to have a lighthearted side, but he prefers to keep it away from the rink.

He doesn't always show his emotions, but they're building up inside just waiting to be released on the ice, especially when it comes to sticking up for his teammates.

Adam McQuaid is far from being an easy read. That doesn't mean, though, things are exactly as they seem.

"I think maybe there's a misperception," he said.

Who better to clear it up than McQuaid himself and those who have gotten to know him in and away from the game.

McQuaid spoke exclusively to CSNNE prior to his leaving Saturday night's game with what is being called a lower body injury.