Alvin ‘Ab’ McDonald, scored Stanley-Cup winning goal for Chicago, dies at 82

CHICAGO — Alvin Brian ‘‘Ab’’ McDonald, who played 14 NHL seasons and scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks in 1961, died Tuesday, according to the team. He was 82.

The forward played 762 regular-season and 84 NHL playoff games followed by two seasons in the World Hockey Association.

The Winnipeg native won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1958 and 1959 and then again with Chicago. He finished with 182 goals and 248 assists for 430 points during his NHL career. He had also played with Detroit, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Boston.

He played 60 games for the Bruins in the 1964-65 season, scoring nine goals.


The Blackhawks called Mr. McDonald an important part of their family and said he’ll forever have a connection to their ‘61 championship team. He scored the second goal, off assists from Hall of Famers Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull, in the Hawks’ 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings to win the cup.

The Blackhawks would not win the Stanley Cup again for 49 years.

Mr. McDonald was the first captain in Pittsburgh Penguins history, having been taken in the expansion draft in the team’s inaugural year. He had 22 goals that first season, second on the team.

He was also the first captain for the Winnipeg Jets.

Mark Chipman, owner of the Jets franchise, labeled Mr. McDonald a legend in Winnipeg hockey and said he made the community proud.