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Boston Bruins Great McNab Inducted Into US Hockey Hall

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There can really never be enough recognition of the greatness of so many of the Boston Bruins teams from the old-time hockey era in the 1960’s and 1970’s, so it’s wholly appropriate that Thursday was the day former B’s sniper Peter McNab was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame.

The 69-year-old McNab played 954 games for the Sabres, Bruins, Canucks and Devils and had seven straight seasons with 70 or more points and six straight with 35-plus goals and helped his teams to Stanley Cup Playoff appearances 10 times, including a trip to the 1975 Stanley Cup Final with Buffalo.

The 6-foot-3 center’s best NHL seasons were spent in Boston where he topped 40 goals twice and surpassed the 80-point mark in four different seasons with the Black and Gold.

McNab was famously part of the 1978-79 Boston Bruins team that had eight different 20-goal scorers on the team with Rick Middleton and McNab leading the way as the top guns. McNab finished with 263 goals and 587 points in 595 games for the Boston Bruins before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks for Jim Nill during the 1983-84 season.

He ranks 19th among Americans in NHL history with 813 points in 995 regular-season games, including 363 goals and 450 assists, and was one of those rarities in the 1970’s as a college hockey player for the University of Denver that jumped into the National Hockey League.

After his playing days were over, the affable McNab transitioned into a media career as a color analyst first for the New Jersey Devils and has spent the last 26 years doing color analyst work for Colorado Avalanche games. McNab is joined in the class of 2021 by Philadelphia Flyers executive/forward Paul Holmgren and legendary media maven Stan Fischler, a trio of men that have devoted their lives to promoting the game of hockey and USA Hockey as well.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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Arthur McDermott

What are the Bruins going to do now? I watched McNab play for the Bruins wearing the Number 8 on his sweater when I was a kid. He was good. He played with O’Reilly. I liked O’Reilly alot but was dismayed when his Number was retired before McNab’s. Then Neely got traded to the Bruins. He took over the Number 8. Neely was Really Good. Neely went to the Hall 1st and the Number 8 hangs in the rafters with his name. Is the Bruins organization going have a shared Number in the rafters, which Bourque avoided by changing from… Read more »

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