McNabb – a product of Davidson, SK. – spent the past two seasons in the Western Hockey League, splitting his time between the Victoria Royals and the Pats. Originally drafted 61st overall in the third round of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, the 19-year-old has since suited up for 58 WHL games, following his AAA midget career in the SMHL.
In 30 contests for the Royals, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound goaltender put together a 4-10-0 record, including many relief appearances. His most recent work in Regina saw McNabb go 8-16-1 in 28 games in 2018-19, while owning a 4.20 goals against average and a .875 save percentage to go along with one shutout.
Currently boasting a goaltending staff of five, the ICE will need to make some cuts on the back-end, and with McNabb being the elder statesman of the crew, it is expected he will stick around for Winnipeg’s debut season. The ICE will travel to Brandon for Friday’s season opener against the Wheat Kings, before returning to the Wayne Fleming Arena for the second half of a home-and-home with the Wheaties. Puck drop for both weekend games is set for 7:30 PM central.