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Peter McNab Elected to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Current Avalanche broadcaster part of the 2021 Class

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Current Colorado Avalanche television color analyst Peter McNab will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, USA Hockey announced on Thursday morning.

Before he became a broadcaster, McNab played for parts of 14 NHL seasons (1973-87) with four teams. He ranks 19th among Americans in NHL history with 813 points in 995 regular-season games, including 363 goals and 450 assists.

McNab had seven consecutive campaigns with 70 or more points (including four with 80-plus) and six straight with 35-plus goals, helping his teams to the postseason 10 times. He also reached the Stanley Cup Final in three straight seasons from 1975-77. 

McNab spent his first three years with the Buffalo Sabres, the club that drafted him 85th overall in the 1972 NHL Entry Draft. The center then played eight seasons (1976-84) with the Boston Bruins and he helped the team to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in seven of his eight campaigns. McNab earned a spot in the 1977 NHL All-Star Game and tallied a career-high 86 points that season. He ranks 11th in Bruins history in goals (263), 13th in points (587) and is eighth in playoff goals (38).

McNab concluded his playing career by competing in parts of two years with the Vancouver Canucks and a two-season stint with the New Jersey Devils before he retired.

Prior to making his NHL debut, McNab played three seasons (1970-73) at the University of Denver and helped the Pioneers to three top-four NCAA finishes. In his final campaign, McNab was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team and earned First-Team All-WCHA honors after recording a team-leading 72 points (32 goals, 40 assists). All total, McNab averaged 1.61 points-per-game in 105 total games and his 170 career points (78 goals, 92 assists) rank 10th best in program history.

McNab began his broadcasting career for New Jersey during the 1987-88 season with SportsChannel, which won an Emmy that year for broadcasting excellence. After eight years on the New Jersey airwaves, McNab headed to Colorado for the inaugural season of the Colorado Avalanche.

The 2020 U.S. Hall of Fame Class also includes Stan Fischler and Paul Holmgren, and the threesome will be enshrined alongside the 2020 Class in December 2021. The 2021 Class will be the 49 installed to the US Hockey Hall of Fame.

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