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McNab, three others win Lester Patrick awards

December 10, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Longtime hockey executive Max McNab and three others were selected Wednesday as winners of the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

Also honored were businessman Peter Karmanos and Olympians Neal Broten and John Mayasich.

McNab has spent more than 50 years in hockey as a player, coach, general manager, team and league executive. He was a member of the Detroit Red Wings 1950 Stanley Cup champions, then coached and managed in the Western Hockey League from 1953-1971. He also served as general manager of the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils.

Karmanos, corporate chairman and chief executive officer of Compuware, sponsored amateur hockey in the Detroit area for 23 years and is chief executive officer of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes.

Broten played on the United States gold medal Olympic team in 1980 and then spent 17 seasons in the NHL. He was a member of the New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup champions in 1995 and was the first player born in the United States to score more than 100 points in a season when he had 105 for the Minnesota North Stars in 1985-86.

Mayasich, a three-time all American at the University of Minnesota, was a member of the gold medal Olympic team in 1960. He and Broten were selected to the all-time USA hockey team in balloting conducted by USA Hockey.

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