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Sources close to the situation confirm George McPhee will be named the new GM for the Las Vegas expansion franchise.
News broke on Tuesday afternoon that former Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee will be named the first General Manager of the Las Vegas NHL franchise.
Source confirms what’s already out there: #Isles special advisor George McPhee will be named Las Vegas GM tomorrow.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) July 12, 2016
Just spoke with a very reliable source in the NHL who said he has been told by four people that Las Vegas will hire George McPhee as GM.
— Ken Campbell (@THNKenCampbell) July 12, 2016
Las Vegas owner Bill Foley has scheduled a press conference for 1 p.m. PST on Wednesday, to announce the first-ever GM in franchise history.
On September 23, 2015 it was formally announced that McPhee joined the New York Islanders. His position is Special Advisor to the General Manager.
In 1992, McPhee landed his first major NHL management position, starting as vice president and director of hockey operations as well as alternate governor for the Vancouver Canucks, assisting then general manager Pat Quinn.
When McPhee joined the Capitals in 1997, the team was looking to turn around its long storied history of being a regular season juggernaut that folded in the playoffs. Things started off great, as McPhee engineered the club’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in his first season.
By Jon Sorensen