Peter McNab, former Devils player and announcer, dies aged 70
DENVER – Peter McNab, the longtime NHL forward who became a familiar voice for the Colorado Avalanche as a broadcaster, died Sunday. He was 70 years old.
Allau, in a joint statement with Altitude TV, announced his death on social networks. McNab posted in late summer 2021 that he was battling cancer, but in February said he was in remission. McNab was part of the broadcast team when the Avalanche captured their third Stanley Cup last June over Tampa Bay.
The charismatic McNab saw and experienced almost every step of the journey since the Avalanche arrived in Denver from Quebec prior to the 1995-96 season. He had a front-row seat to the exploits of Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy and Peter Forsberg, to legendary and controversial matchups with the Detroit Red Wings and to the dawn of a new era that featured Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar.
“As good a hockey man as he was, he will be remembered most for being a friend to so many,” Sakic, the Hall of Fame forward turned team executive, said in a statement. “On behalf of the Avalanche organization, we send our deepest condolences to the entire McNab family. Peter will be greatly missed.”
After a successful career at the University of Denver, McNab played parts of 14 NHL seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils. He finished with 363 goals and 450 assists in 995 regular season games. McNab helped the Sabers to the 1975 Stanley Cup Finals, where they were defeated in six games by Philadelphia.
After his playing career ended, McNab ventured into the realm of broadcasting, where he was an analyst for the Devils before joining the Avalanche. In addition, McNab served as a hockey analyst at several Winter Olympics.
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, McNab grew up in San Diego. He played three seasons for the Pioneers from 1970-1973, where he helped Denver to a runner-up finish in the NCAA Division I championship game in 1973. He was inducted into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame in 2021.
“The hockey world lost a good one here,” former Avalanche and current Nashville forward Matt Duchene posted on social media. “Pete loved the game and couldn’t have been a nicer man and it was a pleasure to meet him.”
Owner E. Stanley Kroenke and President Josh Kroenke added in a joint statement: “Peter’s passion for hockey was unique, as was his gift for celebrating what makes the sport so special. We had luck that, for 27 years, he was an integral and indispensable part of our organization. His presence, vision and commitment to growing the sport made us all want to be better stewards of hockey.”
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