Max McNab, 1924-2007


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The Capitals’ family lost one of its most distinguished alumni and the NHL community lost one of the game’s true gentlemen on Sunday when Max McNab passed away. The former Washington general manager was 83 years old.

McNab had the distinction of serving in the game as a player, coach, general manager and a league executive. His involvement in the game he loved extended for nearly half a century. A native of Watson, Saskatchewan, McNab played junior hockey in Saskatoon before turning pro during the 1946-47 season. He was called up to the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings in 1947-48, one season after the great Gordie Howe began his own NHL career with the Wings.

McNab played in 128 regular season and 25 playoff games over parts of four seasons with Detroit, and he had his name etched on the Stanley Cup as a member of the Red Wings’ 1949-50 championship team. Back surgery cost him the entire 1951-52 season and he finished out his playing career with seven seasons in the old Western Hockey League, skating for the New Westminster Royals.
The NHL loses one of the better greats of this time. RIP Max.