Unrelenting perseverance and unwavering courage through serious injury is something that’s almost rote in NHL circles, where hockey players pride themselves on being able to play through anything.

Unfortunately Adam McQuaid has had to prove that hockey truth over and over again this season through a merciless rash of injuries, big and small. Through it all the Prince Edward Island native displayed his toughness and dedication to his Bruins organization, his teammates and to the game of hockey by continually popping back up when misfortune struck him down.

That unflagging spirit and dedication is why Adam McQuaid is the nominee of the Boston chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association for the Masterton Trophy, which recognizes those “who best exemplify the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.” The last Bruins player to win the Masterton Trophy was forward Phil Kessel in 2007 after returning to play following surgery for testicular cancer.

After McQuaid missed last year’s playoffs due to a concussion suffered following a late-season hit by Washington’s Jason Chimera, a season-threatening illness hit the rangy defenseman before this year even began.

While skating at Harvard University in September during the NHL lockout, McQuaid’s right arm blew up like a Goodyear blimp after informal workout among a scattering of Bruins players. The defenseman didn’t know what was wrong at first, and actually drove home to Prince Edward Island from Boston while his right arm grew more swollen with each mile.

McQuaid had to stop twice at hospitals to get his arm checked out before finally getting the diagnosis: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which was causing dangerous blood clots to form in his body.

He needed two immediate surgeries. One removed the blood clot causing the problem; the second removed one of his ribs and also some of the muscle on the right side of his neck. The medical procedures worked, but they also left McQuaid unable to work out and on blood thinners for months after the September operations.