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Former Bruin Peter McNab dies at age 70

Former Bruin Peter McNab dies at age 70

BOSTON – Former Bruins forward Peter McNab died Sunday at the age of 70. The Vancouver native played eight seasons with the Black & Gold from 1976 to 1984 during the height of the club’s “Lunch Pail AC” era.

After spending the first three seasons of his career in Buffalo, McNab was acquired by the Bruins from the Sabers in 1976 and scored at least 35 goals and 75 points in six consecutive seasons upon his arrival in Boston. The University of Denver product collected 86 points (38 goals, 48 ​​assists) in his first season with Boston in 1976-77, during which he was named to the NHL All-Star Game and helped the B’s to the Stanley Cup. end

The following year, 1977-78, in which the B’s made a second straight trip to the finals, McNab scored a career-high 41 goals in his first of two 40-goal campaigns . As such, he was Boston’s club-record leading scorer who set the NHL record with 11 20-goal goals.

That season, she also finished second in the Lady Byng (most stately player) voting and four times finished in the top 10 of voting for that award.

“The hockey Gods came to me and said, ‘You know what? You’re not going to win the Stanley Cup, sorry, that’s not in the cards. I’ll give you something better. he’s going to play in Boston, your roommate is going to be a lifelong friend, but more importantly, you’re going to play 500 games with Terry O’Reilly at right wing,” McNab recalled during his 40 years with the Bruins.th celebrating the anniversary of the club’s 11 20-goal scorers in February 2018.

“When I look back, I was part of a team that was really, really tough, tough to play against, it tested you. It’s great to be in and among that group.”

Video: McNab looks back on his Bruins career

McNab, affectionately known as “Maxy” after his father Max, a longtime NHL player, coach and general manager, scored two overtime playoff game-winning goals for the Bruins, the first came on April 21, 1978, in Game 3 of the first round against Chicago and the second on April 23, 1982 in Game 6 of the second round against Quebec.

McNab, who played in 595 regular-season games with Boston, ranks 11thth in Bruins history in goals (263), 13th in points (575) and 16th in assists (324). On Boston’s all-time postseason lists, he ranks eighth in goals (38), 13th in points (74) and 18th in assists (36).

“I love that fact, that Bobby Orr and I will never be apart,” McNab recalled in that 2018 interview. “Bobby is 264 [goals], I have 263, so nobody can ever come between me and Bobby Orr. We are cemented in Bruins history. I’ll be right with him…this is amazing.”

McNab is also one of six Bruins with six or more 30-goal seasons, along with Phil Esposito, Rick Middleton, Johnny Bucyk, Cam Neely and Patrice Bergeron.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in 1984 and spent two seasons there before finishing his career with two seasons with the New Jersey Devils. In total, McNab played 954 games with 363 goals, 450 assists and 813 points. In 107 career playoff games, McNab had 40 goals and 42 assists for 82 points.

McNab had a successful career as a broadcaster starting with the Devils in 1987-88. He joined the Avalanche broadcast team for their inaugural season in 1995-96 and was the club’s color analyst for each of their 26 NHL seasons.

In 2021, McNab was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.





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