Peter McNab, 1952-2022: He lived life to the fullest, but for him hockey was life

Do I have one for youWhen Peter McNab told me that, and said that over and over in the 27 years I’ve known the guy, I knew I was about to a) get some really good information about Avalance or the NHL in general that you’d be able to use in a story and b) get More education on hockey which I knew would be useful down the road.

With the exception of Scotty Bowman and Ken Hitchcock, two people I’ve been fortunate to know, I personally can’t think of anyone at work who loves hockey more than Peter McNab.

Peter McNab was taken from us today, after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 70. This is a dark day for the avalanche and anyone who was lucky enough to know it. And that was a lot of people. Peter was totally obsessed with hockey and avalanche, but he had a big, warm personality too. Anyone – Anyone – He met at the rink, on the street, in hotels, anywhere, he would always smile, shake hands, and enter into a real conversation with this person. And he was really listening to the other person, too. Manufacture You are Feels like a big shot, and it isn’t. He had these big hands, bear claws. When he shook your hand, you felt like you had put your hand in a binding. Hockey players are known for their firm handshakes, but Peter’s hands were like granite.

Peter has always been a gentleman. This is the word I will always remember. He especially liked children, talking hockey or something with them. He met my son several times, really talked to him, about his hopes, dreams, etc. One of the first compliments I’ve received in recent years has always been from Peter “How is your child?”

Maybe under-35s don’t remember hockey player Peter McNab, but those over-35s like me, who grew up in New England as big fans of the Boston Bruins? We remember very well what a good player he was. I mean, you can’t just score 363 goals in your career, like Peter did, and you’ll be chopped off. Peter had a great instinct to get the puck into its scoring areas, and when he only had a few inches of room to shoot, he didn’t miss much.

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It was with the Bruins who achieved his true heyday as a player, but he also played for Buffalo, Vancouver and New Jersey – and he always had great stories about playing with those teams. run out Always He had a great story about his career, or more accurately, about his teammates or opposing players from his career.

One of my favorites was when he was playing for the Bruins in Edmonton the first year Wayne Gretzky played there in the NHL. Don’t forget, back then players would rarely see other players if they didn’t compete directly with them. On this night, Peter and several of his Bruins’ teammates had not yet seen the Great One play, and before the match there was some taunting about the “excessive” kid and “How good can he really be, look like a broom?”

Then, in Peter’s version of the story, this was Bruins’ locker room chatter after the first period: “So, the first Hall of Fame ballot or the later vote?” So quickly their minds changed after only one term against him.

People forgot that Peter starred at the University of Denver as a player too. He always had great stories about legendary coach Murray “Chief” Armstrong, and was always in touch with his former teammates. He actually spent most of his money Teenage years in San Diego And I really learned the game there.

Peter always spoke respectfully of his teammates such as Terry O’Reilly, Stan Jonathan, Jerry Chivers, John Winsink and more. I think O’Reilly, who always called him “Taz,” was his best friend in the game. But Peter had a lot of friends.

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However, there was a secret to Peter as well. At the rink, he was talking to anyone and everyone. Far from the rink? You almost never saw him. In the 27 years I’ve been around covering the avalanche, I’ve never sat with it for a meal or a beer or anything. I’ve never seen him do that with anyone other than an avalanche or Entourage TV. Many of us called it “the fog” in this sense. As soon as the working day at the rink was over, Peter went where he went and did what Peter did, and neither of us asked him about it. This was just Peter – compassionate and open in public, but very private away from the job. One thing I feel confident in saying that Peter always ditched the job, at home or in hotels, was just watching more hockey. It seemed like he always knew every detail of the rest of the games in the NHL the night before, and wanted to talk about them back at the rink.

Like I said, I know few people I met in the business world were more obsessed with the game than Peter. Everyone said he got it from his late father Max, who was a longtime coach and GM in the game. I had the good fortune of being shown by Peter to Max at a match, and Peter was the spitting image of him in every way. Max talked non-stop hockey, but had the same friendly and sweet atmosphere with him.

However, Peter was also a passionate father. While you didn’t ask him much about his private life, he would occasionally raise his daughter, undisturbed, what she was doing and always would often talk about her with pride.

Peter was a great analyst on the topic of avalanche. It was always always Well prepared. In or after morning skiing, you’ll always see Peter writing all sorts of things in his permanent notebook, on lines and special team lineups or looking at different stats he might use on broadcasts. He loved sharing those personally researched stats with his viewers, and even printing lazy schmucks like me. If, on the rare occasion, you could give him a stat he didn’t already know, his face would light up and he’d use it on air as well.

He had a lot of energy to do the job too, as if he was 50 years old before every match. He just loved being on the rink and watching hockey and talking about it. We, as beginners in hockey in Denver when he was Avalanche They first came here in 1995, and they were the beneficiaries of that. It wouldn’t be the same anymore without Peter McNab coloring games.

And how much does he say for the quality of his work, to the end, this he is Was it the person who saw the puck had the ball into the net first, in Nazman’s huge in overtime goal at Tampa Bay in the cup final, that everyone didn’t know?

McNab correctly noted, “I’ve entered!” over here take care for yourself. This guy was still battling cancer, he worked on radio for Altitude, not TV, and he was still the most willing and observant of any media working on that game.

I know I speak on behalf of many of us who have had the good fortune of meeting the man and consuming his work:

Thank you Peter.

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