The City of Denver Loses Hockey Legend Peter McNab

It was with sadness that we learned of Peter McNab’s passing early today. McNab was a Canadian-born hockey player. He played 14 seasons in the NHL from 1973 to 1987 for the Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils. He later served as the color commentator for the Colorado Avalanche from their inaugural 1995-96 season until his death. DU fans will remember him as a great Pioneer.

McNab was one of DU’s greatest all-around athletes. Peter came to Denver as a baseball player and entered the University of Denver (DU) on a baseball scholarship and later made the hockey team. A great supporter of college hockey, he will be remembered for his contributions to the growth of college hockey, a major contributor to the success of the Colorado Avalanche and the growth of front-range hockey during his lifetime.

In 2021, McNab was diagnosed with cancer. He continued his role as Avalanche color analyst throughout his chemotherapy. In February 2022, doctors informed McNab that his cancer was in remission. LetsGoDU’s Puck Swami will give a more in-depth perspective on Peter later this week.

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