DENVER — Peter McNabb, a longtime NHL forward who became a household name as a broadcaster for the Colorado Avalanche, died Sunday. he was 70 years old.
The Avalanche announced his death on social media in a joint statement with Altitude TV. McNab announced he was battling cancer in late summer 2021, but said he was in remission in February. McNabb was part of the broadcast team when the Avalanche won his third Stanley Cup in Tampa Bay last June.
The charismatic McNabb has seen and experienced nearly every step of the Avalanche’s journey since arriving in Denver from Quebec prior to the 1995-96 season. He will be front row for the feat of Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy and Peter Forsberg, his legendary and controversial clash with the Detroit Red Wings, and the dawn of a new era featuring Nathan McKinnon and Cale his Makar. I was sitting in the seat of
“He was a good hockey player, but he will be remembered best as a friend to many,” said Hall of Fame forward-turned-team executive Sakic in a statement. On behalf of the organization, I send my deepest condolences to the entire McNab family.We mourn the loss of Peter.”
After his success at the University of Denver, McNabb played part of 14 NHL seasons with the Buffalo Sabers, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils. He tallied 363 goals and 450 assists in 995 career regular season games. McNabb helped the Sabers reach his 1975 Stanley Cup final, losing to Philadelphia in his six games.
Once his playing career ended, McNabb ventured into the broadcasting realm, being an analyst for the Devils before joining the Avalanche. In addition, McNab has served as a hockey analyst at several Winter Olympics.
McNab was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and raised in San Diego. He played his three seasons with the Pioneers from 1970 to 1973, helping Denver to finish runner-up in his 1973 NCAA Division I Championship Game. He will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in his 2021 year.
“The hockey world has lost the good stuff here,” former Avalanche and now Nashville forward Matt Duchen posted on social media. It was an honor to meet him.”
Owner E. Stanley Kroenke and President Josh Kroenke added in a joint statement: We have been fortunate that he has been an integral and integral part of our organization during his 27 years. His presence, insight and dedication to growing the sport made us all want to be better stewards of hockey.
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