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Brayden McNabb: 3 Fun Facts

The former Los Angeles Kings defenseman will wear No. 3 with the Golden Knights

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Back in June, Golden Knights fans got their first impression of defenseman Brayden McNabb when he joined teammates Marc-Andre Fleury, Deryk Engelland and Jason Garrison atop Caesars Palace to reenact a scene from The Hangover.

Since then, McNabb has been assigned No. 3, as he prepares for his first season with the Golden Knights.

Here are three fun facts to get to know McNabb better.

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1. Plays an old-school, defensive-first style

At lower levels, McNabb put up a lot of points, including as many as 72 in his final junior season.

As he progressed in pro hockey, however, his style became more defensive-minded, with an emphasis on physical play.

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Originally a draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres, McNabb broke into pro hockey with the AHL's Rochester Americans, before a trade late in the 2013-14 season sent him to the Los Angeles Kings, where he's been an NHL regular the past three seasons.

With the Kings, McNabb has averaged two goals, 12 assists and 65 penalty minutes per season since 2014-15.

 

Video: Brayden McNabb on skating at City National Arena

 

2. Is Known By The Golden Knights' Front Office

A native of Davidson, Saskatchewan (population, 1,025), McNabb was a highly touted prospect in the Western Hockey League when Golden Knights assistant general manager Kelly McCrimmon was running that league's Brandon Wheat Kings.

A four-year member of the Kootenay Ice, McNabb's club faced McCrimmon in the 2008-09 playoffs.

McNabb also teamed with current Golden Knights center Cody Eakin with Kootenay, winning a Western Hockey League championship in 2010-11.

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3. Was born on January 21, 1991

In hockey, this one of the more memorable weekend for the NHL during the 1990s.

Two days earlier, the NHL All-Star Game was held at Chicago Stadium. With Operation Desert Storm having begun earlier in the week, patriotic fervor was at an all-time high.

The highlight of that game was a stirring rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner by legendary Blackhawks anthem singer Wayne Messmer.

 

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