Episode 13 of the Pro Hockey Alumni Podcast is a tribute to NHL and WHA veteran forward Alvin Brian “Ab”Ab McDonald, who passed away on September 4, 2018 at the age of 82.
Ab played 762 regular-season and 84 NHL playoff games followed by two seasons in the World Hockey Association, where he was the Winnipeg Jets' first captain.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1958 and 1959 and then again with Chicago. He scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks in 1961.
Ab finished with 182 goals and 248 assists for 430 points during his 14-year NHL career with Montreal, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. He was also the first-ever captain of the expansion Pittsburgh Penguins in 1967-68.
To help us pay tribute to Ab, we’ve invited three of his friends from his WHA days on the show: WHA and Winnipeg Jets originals: Norm Beaudin and Joe Daley along with legendary Winnipeg broadcaster and Jets historian Peter Young.
Host: Mark Willand