Peter McNab, the former NHL player and television color analyst for more than 25 years with the Colorado Avalanche, died Sunday. He was 70 years old.
McNab, who had been the Avalanche’s color analyst since its inception in 1995, was diagnosed with cancer last year. He continued to work on games while undergoing treatment. In February, McNab announced that his doctors had told him the cancer was in remission. The Avalanche and Altitude, the team’s regional sports network, shared the news of McNab’s passing.
McNab grew up in a hockey family. His father, Max McNab, won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings before working in front office roles with the New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals. McNab’s brother, David, spent more than 40 years in the NHL until his retirement last season as senior vice president of hockey operations for the Anaheim Ducks. Peter McNab had a 14-year career that saw him finish with 363 goals and 818 points in 954 games with the Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks and Devils.
Although born in Vancouver, McNab spent part of his youth in San Diego, where his father was a head coach, and he represented the United States at the IIHF World Men’s Championships in 1986. He ranks 14th all-time among American players in goals and 21st all-time among American players in points.
He retired after the 1986-87 season and entered the broadcast booth the following year. McNab was an analyst on Devils broadcasts for eight years. He then left the Devils to return to Colorado (he played as a player at the University of Denver) to become the Avalanche’s color commentator. McNab established himself as one of the league’s longest-serving analysts during his time with the Avs.
McNab’s contributions as a player and broadcaster culminated in his induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2021.