McNab dies at 70, 2021 US Hockey Hall of Fame member

Peter McNab, a Colorado Avalanche colorist who played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League as a forward, died Sunday. He was 70 years old.

“The Altitude family and KSE are saddened to announce the passing of our friend Peter McNab,” Altitude TV, Avalanche’s regional sports network, said in a tweet. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends, and the McNab family is asking for privacy during this unimaginably difficult time.”

McNab was diagnosed with cancer in August of 2021 but continued his analytical duties while undergoing chemotherapy every three weeks. Since he was not allowed to fly, he worked on road games in Colorado from a local studio.

McNab was inducted into the 2021 US Hockey Celebrity category along with retired NHL forward Paul Holmgren and journalist Stan Fischler, in Denver, Colorado, on Dec. 9. He did not attend the ceremony. David McNab, a longtime assistant general manager at Anaheim Ducks who recently retired, gave Peter McNab’s acceptance speech on behalf of his older brother. Peter McNab also represented his daughter, Robin Masranadi.

“I’m not going to joke with you,” McNab told NHL.com at the time. “It was an incredibly difficult time for the whole family and all that.” “Something like, it’s really good to have as many of my family as possible in this place.”

The son of former NHL player and general manager Max McNab, Peter was selected in the sixth round (#85) by the Buffalo Sabers in the 1972 NHL Draft. He had 813 points (363 goals, 450 assists) in 955 regular season games with the Sabers and the Boston Bruins. Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils. He also scored 82 points (40 goals, 42 assists) in 107 Stanley Cup games.

McNab is 11th in Bruins history in goals (263), 13th in points (587) and 16th in assists (324) in 595 regular season games. He scored at least 35 goals in each of his first six seasons with Boston, including 40 at least twice. He scored 41 NHL goals in 1977-78 and 40 in 1979-80.

He earned 86 NHL points (38 goals, 48 ​​assists) in 80 games for the Bruins in 1976-77 and was selected to the Wales All-Star Conference.

He also played for the United States in the 1986 IIHF World Cup. At 33, he was the oldest player on this team, contributing one point, and one assist, in 10 games.

McNab retired from the NHL in 1987 and moved into a broadcasting career, first with the Devils from 1987-95. He joined Avalanche in 1995, the inaugural season. He was also an analyst during the 1998 Nagano Olympics, the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, and the 2006 Turin Olympics.

McNab played at the University of Denver 1970-73. His 170 points (78 goals, 92 assists) in 105 games ranked him 10th in school history.

“Hockey has given me the opportunity to meet people who have been very important in my life, the most important people in my life, and it has given me opportunities to experience things I would never have experienced before,” McNab said. “The places I’ve been to, the people I’ve met, hockey has been very exceptional.”

Tweet from AltitudeTV: The Altitude family and KSE are saddened to announce the passing of our friend Peter McNabb. Our hearts are with his family and friends, and the McNab family asks for privacy during this unimaginably difficult time. pic.twitter.com/fdnQ9zD1dL