CHICAGO — Alvin Brian “Ab” McDonald, who played 14 NHL seasons and scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks in 1961, has died. He was 82.
McDonald died Tuesday night, according to Blackhawks. The forward 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.
In addition to his many contributions on the ice, Ab was very involved in the Blackhawks Alumni Association upon retirement and made it a priority to give back to the game that gave so much to him. https://t.co/5E6K8c53cH
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) September 5, 2018
The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1958 and 1959 and then again with Chicago. He finished with 182 goals and 248 assists for 430 points during his NHL career with Montreal, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.
The Blackhawks called McDonald an important part of their family and said he’ll forever have a connection to their ’61 championship team. Mark Chipman, owner of the new Jets franchise, labeled McDonald a legend in Winnipeg hockey and said he made the community proud.