Four-time Stanley Cup champion and first Winnipeg Jets Captain Ab McDonald Passes Away
On September 4, 2018 Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame inducted member Alvin (Ab) McDonald passed away after a brief battle with cancer at the age of 82. Inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, Ab won three Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens in the 50s and another in 1961 with his beloved Chicago Blackhawks. He then played for several NHL teams including Boston, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Detroit before returning home to Winnipeg to become the World Hockey Association Winnipeg Jets first captain in 1972. He scored their first goal against the New York Raiders and led the Jets to the Avco Cup finals where they lost to the New England Whalers in that inaugural year. No matter where pro hockey took him and his family, they always returned to their home in St. James and this summer he and wife Pat celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. One of the most humble and genuine people you will ever meet, Ab McDonald will be deeply missed by family and many, many friends in the hockey community and beyond.