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Dater’s Daily: Peter McNab inducted into USA HHOF, Avs players practicing daily

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Good Thursday to all. Will it ever cool off? I hate 90+ degree heat. Good day to be inside with the AC blasting, therefore, and writing hockey notes – starting with this one involving longtime Avs TV color man, Peter McNab:

  • Peter McNab was named as one of the three inductees to the 2021 USA Hockey Hall of Fame class. A well-deserved honor for a class guy, who has been with the Avs from Day 1. He was a star at DU too, and has done a lot of behind-the-scenes work for the American hockey scene. Congrats, Maxie (NHL.com)
  • McNab ranks 19th among Americans in NHL history with 813 points in 995 regular-season games, including 363 goals and 450 assists.
  • Some pics of Avs players at recent Captain’s Practice skates:

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  • The Avs continue to be favorites, along with the Vegas Golden Knights, for the Stanley Cup (SuperBook Colorado)
  • Even the oddsmakers and a live dealer casino in Canada like the Avs.
  • Not very good news for the Penguins (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
  • Boston: Uh oh–Patrice Bergeron said he won’t sign a contract until next summer. It seems crazy, but in successive offseasons, Boston Bruins stalwarts have hit free agency…and left. Could Bergeron go, too?
  • San Jose: The Evander Kane investigation has stalled as investigators can’t reach Anna Kane, who made allegations that Evander Kane gambled on his own hockey games.
  • NYI: Zach Parise hit the ice for the first time in his New York Islanders gear. 
  • Vegas Golden Knights fans – you just got a great beat writer (Vegas Hockey Now)
  • Washington: There was a lot of smoke and some fire after last season. National reporters in unison said the Capitals were done with Kuznetoz, but he’s still there. What should the Washington Capitals plans be for Evgeny Kuznetsov?
  • Florida: The Florida Panthers continue signing college athletes to their NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) programs. Now, they’ve signed all female athletes at Florida Atlantic University.
  • Dylan Larkin seems to have forgotten where his bread, er, pizza is buttered (Detroit Hockey Now)
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ricoflashback

Congrats to Peter McNab. A tremendous analyst who is easy to listen to and has a wealth of hockey knowledge to draw upon. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Hope he stays with the Avs broadcasting team as long as he wants to. It would be great if the Avalanche could somehow honor him at a home game this season. McNab bobble head, sportscaster doll? McNab cap? Free McNab beer?

Matt Briggle

I’ll add my congrats to your for McNab. My only question tho is how big would that bobble head have to be?

ricoflashback

Good point. Peter has a rather large noodle so maybe it will have to be a customized manufacturing run.

DK

I don’t like him only because I’m forced to listened to Moser if I want to hear McNab.

ricoflashback

Agreed. I never understood why they got rid of Mike Haynes. I know he had some health issues and maybe that’s the whole story but I always enjoyed his play by play. Some folks didn’t like his mannerisms (like downplaying the opposing team’s goals) but I thought it was hilarious. And Haynes worked great with McNab.

DK

I loved Haynes on the radio back in the day. Used to make the weekend nights delivering pizza tolerable.

Rich

Great stuff! Curious, can you please name all of the players who attended the practice?

DK

I can’t wait to see MacDermid beat the **** out of somebody.

Also, Anna Kane “can’t be reached…” Hmmm, curious that.

Robyn

Adrian please write a hockey biography of and with Peter. Thanks!

DANIEL S FISHER

Peter McNab is a class-act, as well as a really good former NHLer and a great analyst. I had the privilege of meeting him on occasion beginning twenty years ago, and I’ve seen him around town on occasion as well. Always a nice guy, always engaging. I really hope the Aves do something special to honor him this year.

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