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    Interview with Adam McQuaid

    August 15, 2017

    How do you approach your role as a teammate in the NHL?

    First and foremost,I always want to be a good teammate and for that I look to examples from Jesus and the Bible. If guys say to me he’s a great teammate and I want to learn why he does certain things, that becomes an opportunity to talk about Jesus. Not everyone had the opportunity like I did to grow up in a family that talked about Jesus and the Bible. I’ve never felt like anyone looked at me differently, certainly the are times that you have to know how you want to live your life and take a stand for it. But when you take a stand, people do respect that.

    How important is hockey for you in relation to your faith?

    I’ve played hockey all my life. But I know that when I’m done playing, I’ll have that relationship with Jesus for the rest of my life and the rest of eternity, and it’s something that will continue to grow.

    What are some of the things that you do to maintain your relationship with God?

    First thing I do when I wake up in the morning is read my daily devotional. For me it sets my day in the right direction and gets my mind in the right place. I also make sure to have prayer as part of my daily routine.

    Do you have a favourite Bible verse?

    Well, on the back side of my stick I have Jeremiah 29:11 it says “I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.” When the National Anthem is being sung, I look at that verse and I say a prayer. And it helps remind me that God’s in control and puts me in the right perspective.

    How important was your faith growing up?

    As I grew up there three things that were important: church, school and hockey. My parents were always teaching me about Jesus, always an emphasis on saying my prayers before bed and in the morning before going to school. It’s always been a big part of my life, for me with hockey it helps calm my nerves and reminds me that God’s watching over me. Had it not been for my faith, there’s a lot of different paths I could have taken. But I don’t think I would have had the discipline and the focus to make it to NHL without it.


    Comment

    On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, The Goodicks said:

    PE Islanders are so proud of you Adam, both for your testimony to your faith and your hockey skills. May God be with you and keep you safe. Brad and Maureen

    On Friday, September 29, 2017, Chris brown said:

    Thank you am for your willingness to share your faith in Jesus son openly and with confidence

    On Friday, September 29, 2017, Suzanne Smallwood said:

    How brave of you, Adam, to speak the name of Jesus in the public eye. It is encouraging to me to see one so young and popular be so humble and faithful. May God bless you in all that you do.🙏

    On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, Judy Proude said:

    What a beautiful testimony Adam! God's amazing grace will carry you through as you lean into Him. Only eternity will reveal the impact you will have on others! To God be the glory! Thank you for sharing. Love and Blessings, Wayne and Judy

    On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, Judy Proude said:

    What a beautiful testimony Adam! God's amazing grace will carry you through as you lean into Him. Only eternity will reveal the impact you will have on others! To God be the glory! Thank you for sharing. Love and Blessings, Wayne and Judy

    On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, John Malone said:

    Thank you Adam reading this helps me have a good day.

    On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, Vince Murnaghan said:

    Keep on keeping on with the Lord leading you Adam.

    On Thursday, August 17, 2017, Michael Morrison said:

    It is great 👍 to read such words for it is not often such words are shared to others especially from ones that are out under the public eye , what a good way to put the WORD out in the light

    On Thursday, August 17, 2017, Joan macdonald said:

    This is a wonderful testimony from a young man who can have a strong influence on other young men and women. I am so proud to know that, as an Islander we have a spokesperson for Jesus and what he has done for you and will do for others. Blessings in all that you do ...Always, Joan Macdonald .

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