Peter McNab was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 6th round (85th overall) of the 1972 NHL Draft out of the University of Denver. McNab went to Denver on a baseball scholarship but also made the school's hockey team. McNab turned pro for the 1973-74 season and led the AHL's Cincinnati Swords in scoring while playing in just 49 of the team's games due to splitting time with the Sabres. He spent the next two full seasons with the Sabres and helped them reach the Stanley Cup finals in 1975-76 before he was dealt to the Boston Bruins in the offseason for forward Andre Savard. McNab became a consistent scoring threat with the Bruins, scoring a minimum of 35 goals in his first six seasons with the club and at least 70 points in all seven full seasons there. In February 1983, the Bruins traded McNab to the Vancouver Canucks for right winger Jim Nill. He finished sixth in team scoring for the Canucks in his only complete campaign with the club, scoring 23 goals and 25 assists in 1984-85.
In 1985, McNab signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Devils where his father Max was General Manager. McNab played his final two seasons with the Devils, lighting the lamp 19 times in 1985-86 while scoring 43 points in 71 games and finished his career in 1986-87 with 8 goals and 20 points in 46 games. Over a fine career, McNab scored 363 goals and 813 points in 954 NHL games. After his playing days ended, McNab embarked on a successful new career as a color analyst calling several seasons of New Jersey Devils and Colorado Avalanche games.
This Gerry Cosby knit jersey was worn by McNab during the Devils' thrilling 1985-86 season where the team again fell short of the post-season play. It was acquired in an auction from the holdings of the San Diego Sports Museum when it closed its doors in 2017. McNab lived in San Diego in his teens while his father, Max McNab, was coaching the Western Hockey League's San Diego Gulls. The white home jersey has the Devils logo, name and numbers in green and red tackle twill. The v-neck collar has been modified for additional freedom. A CCM patch is sewn on the bottom left of the tail and the garment retains its original fight strap. The jersey shows heavy game use with numerous team repairs and stick marks found throughout. Stains and abrasions from contact are evident and the tackle twill is somewhat faded from repeated washings and shows some puckering. The jersey came with a signed letter of provenance from the San Diego Hall of Champions.