Maxwell “Max” McNab (Watson, SK) started his junior hockey career with Saskatoon Junior Quakers before playing for the Regina Capitals of the WCSHL, the Indianapolis Capitols of the American Hockey League and the Omaha Nights of the United States Hockey League. In 1947, McNab would be called up to the Detroit Redwings of the National Hockey League. McNab would play on and off with the Redwings until 1951 and was a member of the 1950 team that won the Stanley Cup. Back surgery would put him out of commission for the next season, but McNab would be back out on the skates in 1951-52 playing/coaching for the New Westminster Royals of the WHL. McNab would continue to play for seven more seasons. He would be voted league’s Most Valuable Player in 1955, where he scored 32 goals and totaled 81 points.
Max McNab would then make the transition from player to coach in 1961 where he would become General Manager and Coach of the San Francisco Seals of the Western Hockey League. Following that stint, McNab would then hold Coaching positions with the Vancouver Canucks and San Diego Gulls of the Western Hockey League. After his coaching career, McNab would serve as the President of the Central Hockey League. This would be the catalyst that would launch him to the position of General Manger for the Washington Capitals from 1975 to 1982. In 1982, McNab would serve as General Manager for Team Canada at the World Championships that year. The following season, McNab, went to the New Jersey Devils organization and would hold his position from 1983 to 1986. McNab would remain with the New Jersey Devils as the Executive Vice President of the club from 1987 through to 1994.
Max McNab would be awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1998 and was inducted into the Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.