By: Adam Gretz
Three weeks ago Adam McQuaid was lifting the Stanley Cup as a member of the Boston Bruins team that ended its 39-year championship drought. On Monday, his offseason took on a slightly different twist when he found himself taking part in a dragon boat race on Prince Edward Island with none other than Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton. Celebratory drinks from hockey's ultimate prize and boat races with royalty less than a month apart? Yes, the life of a professional hockey player does tend to be a good one (and perhaps even a little bizarre).
If you're unfamiliar with the concept of a dragon boat race, they basically involve two lenghty boats, typically with decorative dragons on the front, filled with teams of people vigorously rowing in an effort to cross the finish line first.
According to the Guardian, McQuaid, a defenseman that logged over 13 minutes of ice-time per game with the Bruins during the playoffs, was positioned near the middle of Kate's boat, which is the one that came out on the losing end, trailing Prince William's team. McQuaid didn't seem particularly bothered by the result and was apparently quite pleased to simply be on Kate's team, telling the Guardian, "Even though I lost the race, some people might argue I won because I got to be in her boat.''
It's difficult to argue with that.
Here's video of the race, via the Bruins Blog...