Peter McNab - 1984 O-Pee-Chee

Peter Maxwell McNab (May 8, 1952-) scored 35 goals and 75 points six seasons in a row for the Boston Bruins during the 1970s, but his path to the NHL was an unlikely one after growing up in San Diego, California and entering Denver University on a baseball scholarship. Peter’s father, Max McNab, a former player for the Detroit Red Wings that helped lead them to the 1950 Stanley Cup, served as the head coach of the San Diego Gulls of the Western Hockey League. taking the job when Peter was starting his teens. He excelled on the baseball diamond, but also kept up with the hockey skills he learned early on in British Columbia. After entering Denver University in 1970, McNab turned more towards a hockey career and played three seasons with the Pioneers, scoring 69 goals and 81 assists for 150 points in 94 games. The Buffalo Sabres drafted Peter in the sixth round of the 1972 NHL Entry Draft. He played three seasons in Buffalo (1973-1976), leading them to the Stanley Cup finals in 1975, before losing to the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Boston Bruins, where he enjoyed the bulk of his success. Peter again helped his team reach the Stanley Cup Finals suffering a four-game sweep by the Montreal Canadiens in 1977 and losing to them in six as well the following year (1978). He was named to the 1977 NHL All-Star Game, posting38 goals and 48 assists in 1976-77.

Famously, on December 23, 1979, McNab, Mike Milbury and their teammates climbed into the stands to fight some unruly New York Rangers fans at Madison Square Garden, one of which entered the on-ice fracas as the buzzer sounded, striking a Burins player and taking his stick. As virtually the entire Bruins team heading into the stands, McNab and Milbury found the culprit and Milbury proceeded to beat the man with his own shoes. Prior to the incident, McNab had collected only four penalty to-date that season, but was then suspended for six games after. This game’s events will forever remain in the annals of hockey lore as one of the most bizarre incidents in history. McNab, nonetheless, was one of Boston’s top scorers for eight seasons in Beantown (1976-1984). McNab played two seasons with the Vancouver Canucks (1984-1985), playing on a line beside rookie phenom and future Hall of Famer Cam Neely, and then retired after two seasons with the Ne Jersey Devils (1986-1987). Over the course of his 15-year NHL career, Peter McNab scored 263 goals and 324 assists for 587 points in 595 games. He also posted a +149 plus/minus rating and only amassed 111 career penalty minutes.


Condition Census (Explain)

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1 GEM MT 10
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2 MINT 9 (6)