DU Hockey mourns the loss of Peter McNab


DENVER- The University of Denver hockey program mourns the loss of Peter McNab, who died Sunday at the age of 70.

“Peter has always been a great ambassador for Denver’s hockey program, both during his NHL playing days which included nearly 1,000 games played and over the past 35 years as one of the best industry hockey broadcasters,” said Richard and Kitzia Goodman Hockey Head. Coach David Carl. “Peter was an excellent storyteller of the game and had an incredible ability to connect viewers and fans not only with what was happening on the ice, but also with the history of the sport.

“It was always great to see him around the rink, and we’re honored that Magness Arena hosts the ‘Miracles On Ice’ camp each summer to introduce the game of hockey and provide educational lessons for children in the city of Denver who might not have the chance to gain this experience — it’s a program that we know was close to his heart.

“We are heartbroken to learn of Peter’s passing, and the prayers of all of Pioneer hockey are with his family, friends and colleagues in Colorado and across North America. We are so proud that Peter is a part of of our Denver hockey family.”

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, McNab grew up in San Diego, California before playing three seasons with the Denver hockey team from 1970 to 1973. He was enshrined in the States Hockey Hall of Fame States as a member of the class of 2021 last December.

McNab helped DU to a top-four finish in the NCAA every year and as a national runner-up in his last campaign in 1972-73. A member of the NCAA All-Tournament Team that season, he also earned All-WCHA First Team honors after recording a team-leading 72 points (32 goals and 40 assists). He averaged 1.61 points per game at DU and his 170 career points (78g/92) still ranks 10th in school history.

Drafted 85th overall by the Buffalo Sabers in the 1972 NHL Entry Draft, McNab played 14 seasons with the Sabres, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils. He had seven consecutive campaigns with 70 or more points and six in a row with 35 or more goals. The forward helped his teams to 10 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1975 with Buffalo. He ranks 21st among Americans in NHL history with 813 points (363g/450y) in 995 career regular season games.

Internationally, McNab adapted for Team USA at the 1986 IIHF World Championship.

After retiring from his playing career, McNab spent eight years as a color analyst on the New Jersey Devils broadcast from 1987-88 before returning to Colorado in 1995 to serve in the same role for the Avalanche. He had been on the Avalanche’s broadcast team since the organization’s inaugural season in Denver and the 2022-23 campaign marked his 27th in that role with the franchise.

McNab also served as an analyst for NBC during its coverage of NHL games and provided color commentary for the network during the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. He worked for TNT as a color analyst for the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, and was a TSN studio analyst and host for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

McNab revealed in September 2021 that he was battling cancer but announced last February that he was in remission.

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