McNab Named Senior VP of Hockey Ops
Along with his new role with the Ducks, McNab will also serve as General Manager of the Iowa Chops
McNab Interview on XM Satellite Radio:
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The Anaheim Ducks announced on Tuesday that they have named David McNab Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations. In addition, McNab will also serve as General Manager of the Iowa Chops, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
“David has been a crucial member of the hockey operations staff in Anaheim since day one,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “His invaluable knowledge of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) combined with his expertise in contract negotiation and scouting has been such an asset to this organization. Being elevated to the role of Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations seemed like the natural step and David has certainly earned it.”
An original member of the Ducks, McNab is now in his 14th season with the organization and 31st year overall in the NHL. In addition to having a vast knowledge on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement and its relationship to the salary cap in the NHL, McNab’s responsibilities now include overseeing all aspects of player development, which includes serving as General Manager of the Chops. He will continue to be the club’s expert on contract and arbitration negotiation, player evaluation and scouting.
"I appreciate Bob giving me this," said McNab, who takes over Murray's previous title with the Ducks. "He didn't have to. Becoming the General Manager, you have the right to do what you feel. You can go outside and hire somebody yourself. Everybody has people that they know within the game. It isn't like he was required to stay within the organization to do this. I think this is great."
McNab’s impact on the Ducks has been significant. Anaheim has appeared in Stanley Cup Final twice (2003 & 2007) in the last five NHL seasons, including a championship in 2007. The club has won nine playoff rounds since 2003, the most in the NHL (Detroit is second with seven). In recent years, McNab has scouted and signed multiple collegiate free agents, five of whom played for the 2007 Stanley Cup-winning team.
"He's definitely deserving of a higher title," said Chris Kunitz, who was one of those collegiate free agents. "He does a lot of scouting on his own to go find college guys and different players. He came and talked to me about the hockey world. It was a major reason why I signed here. He's a great individual."
The 52-year-old McNab served as Assistant General Manager of the Ducks from December 1995 until today’s promotion. He was the club’s first Director of Player Personnel and was largely responsible for the team’s selections in the 1994-96 NHL Entry and Supplemental Drafts. McNab also held the position as General Manager of the Ducks’ top farm team in the AHL for six seasons (the Baltimore Bandits during the 1996-97 season and the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks from 1997-2002) while also working on the AHL’s competition committee for many of those years.
"He's earned this promotion," Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said. "He's been a big part of the Anaheim Ducks for a number of years. He is getting recognized now with a change in management and it's deservedly so."
McNab began his professional scouting career in 1978 with the Washington Capitals, where he spent four seasons. In 1982, McNab was signed by the Hartford Whalers, where he spent seven seasons as a scout, the last two as the Director of Player Recruitment. He then joined the New York Rangers in 1989, where he worked for four seasons before leaving to join the Disney-owned Ducks in 1993. His work with the Rangers helped the club to the 1994 Stanley Cup championship.