Former Devils broadcaster Stan Fischler and former Devil Peter McNab are two of the newest members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. USA Hockey announced the 2021 class Thursday, which includes Fischler, McNab and former Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.
Fischler, also known as the Maven, covered all three of the Devils Stanley Cup championships in 1995, 2000, and 2003. In addition to his TV coverage of New Jersey's only professional sports franchise, Fischler continues to contribute to NewJerseyDevils.com with his Sunday's with Stan column. The award-winning journalist and broadcaster brought insight, enjoyment, and fun every time he was on the mic to cover a Devils game.
"I am grateful, very grateful for the honor," Fischler said in a media availability following the announcement. "Hockey has been a part of my life since my father took me to a game in 1939 and I never stopped going to hockey games.
"The trick is it's never been work, it's always been fun."
McNab finished his professional hockey career with the Devils playing 117 contests during the 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons with New Jersey. During his time with New Jersey, McNab scored 27 goals, had 36 assists for a total of 63 points for the Devils. Following his 14 seasons playing in the NHL, McNab went behind the microphone to cover the Devils. The former centerman was the Devils broadcast's color analyst for eight years before moving on to cover the Colorado Avalanche in their inaugural season.
"To be considered and to be chosen, I am moved beyond belief," McNab said. "It's almost mind numbing to think that a 14 year old kid in San Diego … is being asked to join this group, this spectacular group.
"When I was told that I was going to be inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame I, like Paul Holmgren, was extraordinarily emotional. Just the memories that are brought up by all of the people that you remembered helped you along the way."
McNabb and Fischler worked together on Devils broadcasts and both acknowledged the other in their opening remarks on being part of the 2021 class.
"I had the pleasure of working with Peter McNab, watching Peter McNab … (he) could score goals like nobody's business. He was a glamorous guy to work (with) and he had plenty of guts because he worked with me for eight years. That took a lot" Fischler joked.
"Stan Fischler will always hold a special place in my heart," said McNab. "Hockey gave me that friendship, I never would have known Stan Fischler."
Fischler and McNab will be enshrined into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame during the December 2021 ceremony along with the 2020 class. They will become two of 193 members to have this honor in the history of the sport.