Peter McNab has been diagnosed with cancer but will continue his role as television analyst for the Colorado Avalanche beginning with their preseason game against the Vegas Golden Knights in Denver on Oct. 5.
The 69-year-old was elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2021 with award-winning journalist and broadcaster Stan Fischler and former NHL player, coach and executive Paul Holmgren, and has been with the Avalanche since their inaugural season in 1995.
“Like so many others who have received news of this nature, this is a very personal battle,” McNab said. “I’m fortunate that I received an early diagnosis and have great medical care. I will return on-air in the coming days while undergoing treatment.
“Over the next several weeks, I may need to miss a few games, but I look forward to covering the Colorado Avalanche through another exciting season.”
McNab played 14 seasons (1973-87) as a forward with the Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils, scoring 813 points (363 goals, 450 assists) in 955 regular-season games and 82 points (40 goals, 42 assists) in 107 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He began his broadcasting career with the Devils in 1987-88 and was an analyst during the 1998 Nagano Olympics, 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and 2006 Turin Olympics.
“Peter made it clear to us that he wanted to share his diagnosis with our fans, and we want to support that decision,” said Matt Hutchings, COO of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the Avalanche. “He believes that in doing so, he might be able to help those in similar battles who might otherwise feel alone.”