Avalanche color analyst Peter McNab is a selfless man. He seems to concern himself deeply in the need of others, perhaps more than his own well-being at times.
It is time the Colorado hockey community stands up to be inducted into the University of Denver alum and the 2021 US Hockey Hall of Fame, who is battling cancer.
Peter, you had an extraordinary 954-game NHL career with 363 goals and 813 points. You have been with Avalanche Television Network, the Hall of Fame broadcaster since the beginning.
But what you’ve achieved outside the rink – away from the public eye – is even more impressive.
Since the Dog Nation Hockey Foundation was founded in 2011 to help a teammate and cancer survivor in need, McNab has been a prime proponent of the non-profit organization that at the time gave nearly $2 to afflicted front range hockey families. Millions have been raised and donated to a financial need. Of crisis.
At the annual fundraising golf tournament at Red Rocks or Highlands Ranch, Peter was there to meet and greet and tell stories. A VIP to speak at a Czech presentation? Peter was that man. A voice to promote Dog Nation’s proposed one-of-a-kind hockey facility for the disabled community in Castle Pines, Peter was quick to volunteer.
“Peter McNab has been an integral part of Dog Nation since its inception,” Martin Richardson, CEO of Dog Nation, told The Post. “Always incredibly generous with our time and kindness and always putting others first. Now is the time to reverse roles and support this tremendous friend in her time of need.”
I too have been a supporter of Dog Nation from the beginning. I have attended many events and shed many tears from the recipients and their families. But I’ve never seen anyone as emotionally involved in Dog Nation as McNab.
He has a soft spot to give to the needy.
“Over time I have seen many family and friends working, fighting and fighting cancer,” McNab said in a release. “His courage has been remarkable. Well, now is my time. I have cancer and now it’s my turn to fight. The forecast has been surprisingly positive. Never has great friends and support been so important. I’m really a lucky person.”
McNab may feel lucky but he deserves what he feels.
Burgundy-and-blue threats. The Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild combined for 66 penalty minutes in Thursday’s Chippy preseason game at Ball Arena, where Colorado scored three third-period goals in a 6-4 victory. The sport introduced new avalanche defender Kurtis McDermid, a feared heavyweight enforcer who stands at 6-foot-5, 235 pounds.
AVS captain Gabe Landeskog and linemate Nazem Qadri received a 10-minute misconduct penalty with Minnesota’s Ryan Hartmann, and AVS defenseman Dennis Gilbert – who teamed up with McDermid on equal-strength – in an incident in front of new AVS goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper. The latter moved on from Brandon Duhaime. .
Landeskog took issue with Hartmann’s check-from-back on Qadri and the friction didn’t end until Landeskog’s hooking minor on Hartmann on the final buzzer. McDiarmid, the unofficial policeman, was not required to participate in the playfulness, but undoubtedly served as a deterrent and sponsor.
Colorado played an old-school role—a brand I expect will continue throughout the regular season with McDermid in the lineup. Highly efficient and high-flying AVs are tired of being pushed around, and McDiarmid’s presence is bound to make Colorado a tougher, more confident team.