Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Peter McNab
Centre Peter McNab was blessed with quick hands and a natural feel for the game, which enabled him to play over 950 NHL games during the 1970s and '80s. A consistent producer, the 6'3" centre reached the 20-goal mark ten times in an exemplary career.

Born in Vancouver, B.C., the son of Max McNab was chosen 85th overall by the Buffalo Sabres after three fine years at the University of Denver. He recorded a pair of 20-goal seasons for the club and helped them reach the Stanley Cup finals in 1975. Prior to the 1976-77 season, he was sent to the Boston Bruins as compensation for the Sabres' signing of free agent Andre Savard.

McNab enjoyed nearly nine full years in Beantown. He hit the 40-goal mark twice and was a key figure on the power play. His ability to hold his position in the slot and score his share of "garbage" goals was similar to former Bruins star Phil Esposito. During the late '70s, he formed an excellent forward unit with Terry O'Reilly and Rick Middleton and helped Boston reach the finals in 1977 and 1978.

Late in the 1983-84 season, McNab was sent to the Vancouver Canucks for grinding forward Jim Nill. He scored 23 goals in 1984-85 while forming a solid line with Cam Neely and Moe Lemay. Prior to the 1985-86 season, McNab was signed as a free agent by the New Jersey Devils. He scored 19 goals that year then played for the U.S. at the World Championships. The veteran pivot retired in 1987 after playing 46 games for the Devils.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-71 University of Denver WCHA 28 19 14 33 6
1971-72 University of Denver WCHA 38 27 38 65 16
1972-73 University of Denver WCHA 28 23 29 52 12
1973-74 Buffalo Sabres NHL 22 3 6 9 2 -3
1973-74 Cincinnati Swords AHL 49 34 39 73 16 5 2 6 8 0
1974-75 Buffalo Sabres NHL 53 22 21 43 8 +13 17 2 6 8 4
1975-76 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 24 32 56 16 +18 8 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Boston Bruins NHL 80 38 48 86 11 +26 14 5 3 8 2
1977-78 Boston Bruins NHL 79 41 39 80 4 +35 15 8 11 19 2
1978-79 Boston Bruins NHL 76 35 45 80 10 +29 11 5 3 8 0
1979-80 Boston Bruins NHL 74 40 38 78 10 +24 10 8 6 14 2
1980-81 Boston Bruins NHL 80 37 46 83 24 +12 3 3 0 3 0
1981-82 Boston Bruins NHL 80 36 40 76 19 0 11 6 8 14 6
1982-83 Boston Bruins NHL 74 22 52 74 23 +16 15 3 5 8 4
1983-84 Boston Bruins NHL 52 14 16 30 10 +7
1983-84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 13 1 6 7 10 -2 3 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Vancouver Canucks NHL 75 23 25 48 10 -20
1985-86 New Jersey Devils NHL 71 19 24 43 14 -11
1985-86 United States WEC-A 10 0 1 1 4
1986-87 New Jersey Devils NHL 46 8 12 20 8 -14
NHL Totals 954 363 450 813 179 107 40 42 82 20


Son of Max
WCHA First All-Star Team (1973)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1973) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1977)
Transferred to Boston by Buffalo as compensation for Buffalo's signing of free agent Andre Savard, June 11, 1976. Traded to Vancouver by Boston for Jim Nill, February 3, 1984. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, August 20, 1985.
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