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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80