After two years of Junior A with the Niagara Falls Flyers and the North Bay Centennials of the OHL, Andrew McBain was selected eighth overall in the 1983 Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets. Coach Tom Watt wanted his young recruit to continue his seasoning process in the OHL, but his wish was overridden by GM John Ferguson who wanted McBain to learn on the job with the Jets.
After struggling through his rookie-season jitters, McBain settled in as a third- and fourth-line penalty killer for his first three seasons. In his final two campaigns with the club, however, he became a power play specialist, netting a career-high 37 goals and 40 assists in 1988-89. That year also brought a career highlight with a chance to play for Team Canada at the World Championships where the club lost the gold medal game to the Soviet Union.
The 1989-90 season marked a gradual decline in McBain's NHL performance. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins and then flipped to Vancouver after half a season. He played parts of two campaigns with the Canucks before joining the Ottawa Senators where he completed his NHL days in 1994.
McBain stretched his pro career to 1996, skating for the Las Vegas Thunder and the Fort Wayne Comets of the IHL.