DENVER (AP) — Peter McNabb, a longtime NHL forward who became a familiar voice on the Colorado Avalanche as broadcaster, died Sunday. He was 70 years old.
The Avalanche, in a statement shared with Altitude TV, announced h’s death on social media. McNab released in the late summer of 2021 that he was battling cancer, but said in February that 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 has seen and witnessed nearly 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 – clashes with the Detroit Red Wings and at the dawn of a new era that featured Nathan McKinnon and Cal Makar.
“As a good hockey player as he was, he will be remembered most for being a friend to many,” Sakic, the Hall of Fame forward turned team CEO, said in a statement. “On behalf of the Avalanche Organization, we send our deepest condolences to the entire McNab family. We will miss Peter very much.”
After a successful career at the University of Denver, McNab played parts of 14 NHL seasons with the Buffalo Sabers, 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 Final, being beaten in six games by Philadelphia.
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Once his playing career ended, McNab ventured into the world of broadcasting, where he was 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 three seasons with the Pioneers from 1970-73, helping Denver to a runner-up finish in the NCAA Division I Championship game in 73. He was inducted into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame in 2021.
Former Nashville forward and current Nashville forward Matt Duchene posted on social media: “The hockey world has lost a good world here.” “Pete absolutely loved the game and he couldn’t be a nicer guy and it was a pleasure getting to know him.”
Owner E. Stanley Kroenke and President Josh Kroenke added in a joint statement: “Peter’s passion for hockey was unique – as was his knack for celebrating what makes the sport so special. We are blessed that, for 27 years, he has been an integral and indispensable part of our organization. He has His presence, insight and commitment to the development of the sport made us all want to be greater stewards of hockey.”