NHL Notebook: The forgotten No. 8; McAvoy on young stars; Bergeron update

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No. 8 hangs from the rafters at TD Garden as one of 10 retired numbers for the Boston Bruins. Before Cam Neely wore that number for 10 seasons en route to a Hall of Fame career, Peter McNab had previously sported the same digit on his sweater for eight successful seasons in the 70s and 80s.

“I’ve always said that’s how New England spells McNab – N-E-E-L-Y,” McNab told with a laugh. “It’s just a little off, but yeah, that’s what I tell my kids. That’s New England for McNab.”

There were three players – Jim Nill, Lyndon Byers and John Carter – to wear No. 8 between McNab and Neely, but the elder statesman did it proud. Bruins fans forget the type of success McNab had in Boston. From 1976 to 1984, he registered 263 goals and 324 assists for 587 points in 595 games.

Those are some impressive numbers and he deserves a ton of credit for what he accomplished in Boston.