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Former Bruins All-Star and fan favorite Peter McNab passed away Sunday at the age of 70.
McNab played in Boston from 1976-1984, becoming one of the poster boys of the Bruins’ “Lunch Pail A.C.” era.
McNab’s greatest statistical season in Boston was also his first. The Vancouver native posted a career high 86 points during the 1976-1977 season, earning a trip to the All-Star Game and also helped guide Boston back to the Stanley Cup Final.
However it was the 1978 team that would come to symbolize the pinnacle of the Lunch Pail A.C. era. A tight-knit team that looked out for each other off the ice as well as they did on, McNab was one of 11 20-goal scorers on the team, still an NHL record.
“The hockey Gods came to me and said, ‘You know what? You’re not gonna win the Stanley Cup, I’m sorry - that’s not gonna be in the cards. I’m gonna give you something better. You’re gonna play in Boston, your roommate is gonna be a lifelong buddy, but more importantly you’re gonna play 500 games with Terry O’Reilly as your right winger,” said McNab at the team’s 40th anniversary reunion of the team in 2018.
McNab ranks within the top-20 on the Bruins’ all-time list for goals, points and assists.
After his playing career, McNab would become a highly successful broadcaster. The University of Denver product was the Colorado Avalanche’s first ever color analyst and remained in the role for each of their 26 seasons in the NHL.
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