Penguins’ first captain, Ab McDonald, dies at 82
Ab McDonald, the first captain in Penguins history, died Tuesday night at age 82.
McDonald was already a four-time Stanley Cup champion, winning three times with the Montreal Canadiens from 1958-60 and once with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1961, by the time the Detroit Red Wings assigned him to the AHL’s Pittsburgh Hornets in 1966.
McDonald had a 25-goal season, leading the Hornets to the Calder Cup championship and prompting the Penguins to select him with their sixth choice in the 1967 expansion draft.
McDonald scored 22 goals during the franchise’s inaugural season, finishing second to Andy Bathgate on the team scoring list. He was traded to St. Louis the following offseason.
McDonald was in attendance for a game at PPG Paints Arena when the Penguins celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2016. The team commented via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.
“We offer our heartfelt condolences to Ab’s family and friends,” the message read.
A five-time all-star, McDonald was also the first captain in Winnipeg Jets history.
Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jonathan at [email protected] or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.