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Max McNab
Max McNab
Center
Number: 20
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 179
Shoots: Left
Born: Jun 21, 1924
Birthplace: Watson, SK, Canada
Max McNab was born in the small town of Watson, Saskatchewan, in 1924 and played his minor hockey in Saskatoon. He missed two years of hockey in 1944 and 1945 during World War Two. Upon returning to competition he joined the Regina Caps in 1945-46.

The Detroit Red Wings owned the NHL rights to McNab and he played with the Omaha Knights in 1946-47. Thanks to a strong offensive showing, where he tallied 20 goals in 37 games, he was granted a 12-game promotion to the Red Wings in 1947-48. McNab earned a regular spot on the roster the following year, suiting up for 51 games, responding with 23 points. In 1949-50 he played in 65 games with Detroit, but his offensive production tailed off considerably, and he was demoted to the minors the following year. Although he had a good comeback season with the AHL's Indianapolis Capitals in 1950-51, he was forced to sit out the entire 1951-52 season recovering from back surgery.

McNab was able to rebound from his back injuries, but was never again able to raise his game to the NHL level. He played the last seven years of his career with the New Westminster Royals of the WHL and helped coach the club for part of 1952-53. At 30, McNab proved he still was a quality hockey player, winning the league MVP award, on the strength of an 81-point season in 70 games. He also prided himself on playing clean hockey and served just four minutes in penalties.

McNab began a post-playing career in hockey management in 1961-62 when he took on the role of general manager and coach of the San Fancisco Seals of the WHL. His next job was coach of the WHL's Vancouver Canucks before accepting the dual role of coach and GM of the San Diego Gulls prior to the 1966-67 season. By 1971 he was the team's Vice President. In the summer of 1974, McNab was recognized as having one of the best business minds in the game and was subsequently named the President of the Central Hockey League. The irony was not lost on the fact McNab was selected to tidy up the league's somewhat tarnished image, as it had been long known as one of the toughest and dirtiest leagues in North America. McNab, renowned for his extraordinarily clean style of hockey during his playing days, was looked upon to bring a new image to the tarnished league. However, he remained in the job for just one year when an offer to become general manager of he NHL's Washington Capitals arose. He remained with the Caps until 1982 and also served as Team Canada's GM for the 1982 World Championships.

In the autumn of 1982, McNab joined the New Jersey Devils as the team's Vice President of Hockey Operations. He also was the team's GM until September, 1987 when he was promoted to Executive Vice President, a position he kept until his retirement in the early 1990s.

McNab's son Peter also enjoyed a career in hockey, playing in the NHL with four teams, including the Boston Bruins where he enjoyed the bulk of his success.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89