Longtime Avalanche color analyst Peter McNab has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment, Altitude Sports announced Wednesday.
McNab, 69, will continue his role at Altitude Sports, starting with an October 5 pre-season game against Vegas.
“Like many others who have received news of this nature, this is a very personal battle. I am fortunate that I received an early diagnosis and received great medical care,” McNab said in a statement. “I will return on-air in the coming days while undergoing treatment. Over the next several weeks, I may have to miss a few games.” But I look forward to covering the Colorado Avalanche through another exciting season.”
He has been covering Avalanche since his inaugural season in 1995. Prior to this, he had spent eight years covering Devils for Sports Channel. The Vancouver native was a standout baseball player for the University of Denver before joining its hockey team. He was later drafted by the Sabers and spent 14 years in the NHL making stops in Boston, Vancouver and New Jersey.
“Peter made it clear to us that he wants to share his diagnosis with our fans, and we want to support that decision,” Matt Hutchings, COO of Kroenke Sports Entertainment, said in a statement. “He believes that in doing so, he may be able to help others in similar battles who might otherwise feel lonely.”