McBride started his professional career in 1940 as a player in the Eastern Hockey League with the Washington Eagles. He did not play between 1941 and 1945. At age 24, McBride"s playing career resumed following World World War World War II During the 1945-1946 season, he suited up with three different teams: the Seattle Ironmen (PCHL), Dallas Texans (USHL), and Fort Worth Rangers (USHL).
He played the 1946-1947 season with the San Diego Skyhawks (PCHL), and in the 1947-1948 season he returned to play with the Seattle Ironmen.
He played the next two seasons (1949-1950 and 1950-1951) in the Quebec Senior Hockey League with the Quebec Aces, where he was coached by future Hockey Hall of Fame member Punch Imlach. He played the 1951-1952 season in the WIHL with the Spokane Flyers.
McBride proved himself to be a capable head coach as he guided his Spokane Flyers to three consecutive WIHL titles (1956–1958). McBride"s 1956-1957 Spokane Flyers team was the first United States team to reach the Allan cup finals.
In the 1960s, McBride went on to coach the Spokane Comets in the Western Hockey League.