OHL Mourns the Loss of Ab McDonald
The Ontario Hockey League family is deeply saddened by the loss of former St. Catharines Teepees star and four-time Stanley Cup champion Ab McDonald who passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 82.
After three seasons with the St. Boniface Canadiens where he suited up in a pair of Memorial Cups, McDonald played two seasons with the OHA’s Teepees from 1954-56, recording 82 goals and 71 assists for 153 points over 97 regular season games.
A Winnipeg, Man. native, McDonald embarked on a 14-year NHL career in 1958 and promptly won four consecutive Stanley Cup titles, three with the Montreal Canadiens (1958, ’59, ’60) and one with the Chicago Blackhawks (1961).
We at True North Sports + Entertainment and the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club are saddened to learn of the passing of Ab McDonald.
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) September 5, 2018
The Winnipeg, Man. native went on to play with Boston, Detroit, Pittsburgh and St. Louis over his 762-game NHL career, registering 182 goals, 248 assists and 430 points in the process.
McDonald joined his hometown Winnipeg Jets of the WHA in 1972, serving as the first captain in Jets history while also scoring the club’s first-ever goal. He retired from his professional hockey career following the 1973-74 season.
Following his playing career, McDonald frequented golf tournaments, charity events and often attended Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose games. He was also heavily involved with the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association.
For more on McDonald’s career and legacy, visit nhl.com/jets.
Ab McDonald, an important member of the 1961 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks, passed away last night at the age of 82.
On behalf of the entire Blackhawks organization, we extend our deepest condolences to the McDonald family and all of Ab’s friends and former teammates. pic.twitter.com/RC1xjL3wdd
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) September 5, 2018