Former Caps GM to be Named First GM for Las Vegas Franchise

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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.


Washington Capitals former general manager George McPhee, right, talks with Washington Capitals player Troy Brouwer, in Arlington, Va., Monday, April 28, 2014. McPhee, who had just concluded a news conference, and coach Adam Oates lost their jobs with the Washington Capitals after the team failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007. (AP Photo)

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

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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