How did Peter McNab die? longtime NHL forward cause of death Explained

Peter McNab, a Colorado Avalanche color analyst, and 14-year NHL forward, passed away on November 6,Sunday at the age of 70. Let’s see how did Peter McNab die and Peter McNab cause of death in detail.

How did Peter McNab die?

At the age of 70, Peter McNab passed away. He was a longtime color analyst for the Colorado Avalanche and a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

On Sunday, Altitude TV tweeted the following along with the announcement:

“The Altitude and KSE family are saddened to announce the passing of our friend, Peter McNab. Our hearts go out to his family and friends, and the McNab family asks for privacy during this unimaginably difficult time.”

Peter McNab Cause of death

After receiving a cancer diagnosis in August 2021, McNab received treatment during Colorado’s Stanley Cup run, which resulted in a win in June. Through the start of the 2022–2023 season, he broadcast Avalanche home games.

Although the exact cause of death is unknown, McNab revealed last year that he was battling cancer. He declared that his cancer had entered remission earlier this year.

Medico topics have been trying to reach out to the family and relatives for comment on the incident. So far no responses have been received. We will update the page once enough information is available. More information on Peter McNab cause of death will be added soon.

Who was Peter McNab?

McNab played hockey for the University of Denver and was a native of Vancouver, British Columbia.

In a hockey-loving household, McNab grew up. His father, Max McNab, first served in front-office positions with the New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals before winning a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings.

McNab attended the 1986 IIHF Men’s World Championships while representing the United States. He spent a portion of his early years growing up in San Diego, where his father served as the head coach. He is ranked 21st overall in points and 14th in goals among American players.

Throughout his 14-year career, Peter McNab played 954 games with the Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks, and Devils, scoring 363 goals and accruing 818 points.

Career in NHL 

McNab played in portions of 14 NHL seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks, and New Jersey Devils following a great collegiate career at the University of Denver. In 995 regular-season games throughout his career, he recorded 363 goals and 450 assists.

McNab aided the Sabres in reaching the 1975 Stanley Cup final, where Philadelphia defeated them in six games.

Hockey Analyst

At multiple Winter Olympics, McNab also worked as a hockey analyst.

According to his Altitude biography, McNab has been providing analysis for the Avalanche ever since the team’s inaugural campaign in 1995–96.

He was also an analyst during the 1998 Nagano Olympics, 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, and 2006 Turin Olympics.

Broadcasting career

After his retirement following the 1986–87 campaign, he returned to broadcasting the following year. For eight years, McNab provided analysis for Devil’s broadcasts.

He then left the Devils to work as the color analyst for the Avalanche in Colorado (where he had previously excelled as a player at the University of Denver). During his time with the Avalanches, McNab solidified his position as one of the league’s analysts with the longest tenure.

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame honored McNab in 2021 as a result of his accomplishments both as a player and a broadcaster.

Peter McNab Statement

“Hockey gave me the opportunity to meet people that were so important to my life, the most important people in my life, and gave me the opportunities to experience things that I never ever would’ve experienced,” McNab said.

“The places I went, the people I met, it was absolutely phenomenal what the game of hockey gave me.”

Colleague’s Grief

Forward Matt Duchene, a former Avalanche and currently with Nashville, wrote on social media, “The hockey world lost a good one here.” “Pete absolutely loved the game and couldn’t have been a nicer man and it was a pleasure to know him.”

In a joint statement, president Josh Kroenke and owner E. Stanley Kroenke said: “Peter’s passion for hockey was singular — as was his gift for celebrating what makes the sport so special. We were blessed that, for 27 years, he was an integral and indispensable part of our organization. His presence, insight and commitment to growing the sport made us all want to be greater stewards of hockey.”

Denver Coach statement

“Peter was always a great ambassador for the Denver hockey program, both during his NHL playing days that featured nearly 1,000 games played and for the past 35 years as one of the best hockey broadcasters in the business,” said Denver coach David Carle in a statement.

“Peter was a great storyteller of the game and had an incredible ability to connect viewers and fans with not only what was happening on the ice but the history of the sport as well.”

“We’re heartbroken to learn of Peter’s passing, and the prayers of all Pioneer hockey are with his family, friends and colleagues in Colorado and across North America. We’re so proud to have Peter part of our Denver hockey family.”

Tributes to Peter McNab

Social media users instantly shared their condolences and memories of Peter McNab as news of him passing spread. NHL fans and colleagues also shared their grief.

DNVR Avalanche tweeted,

“Hey fam. We had a show planned for right now but in light of the news regarding Peter McNab’s passing, we simply aren’t in a position to pretend like hockey matters even a little right now. Our love goes to his family.”

NHL Public Relations tweeted,

“mourns the passing of Peter McNab, who brought professionalism and excellence to the National Hockey League as a player and a broadcaster for the last 50 years.”

Stanley Cup Champions Barstool Denver tweeted,

“Thoughts and prayers go out to the McNab family and everyone over at Altitude ❤️”

Boston Bruins tweeted,

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Peter McNab. “Maxy” was a beloved member of the “Lunch Pail AC” & one of the most dynamic goal scorers in club history.We send our condolences to Peter’s family, friends, & the entire Avalanche organization.”

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“This absolutely sucks. An absolute ray of sun of humanity lost. The best kind of folk. Rest, Peter McNab.”

Ryan S. Clark tweeted,

“Peter McNab was as fantastic of a person as you are ever going to find.He always made time, was willing to talk about anything and always gave the best advice.I am so grateful I told him “thank you for everything you ever did for me” when I saw him last month.”

Mile High Hockey tweeted,

“This is so so sad. RIP Peter McNab.”

Nathan Rudolph tweeted,

“It’s impossible to remember anything about the Colorado Avalanche without the voice of Peter McNab. He’s irreplaceable to so many of us, and I hope his family finds the smallest amount of solace in how many of us he inspired.”


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