Bill Foley, majority owner of the newly awarded NHL franchise in Las Vegas, and Black Knight Sports & Entertainment, LLC, announced today that Wil Nichol has been hired as the team’s Director of Player Development.
Nichol, 42, began his NHL scouting career with the Capitals in 2011, under the then Caps General Manager, George McPhee. And prior to his role with the Capitals, Nichol was the head coach for USHL Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he also worked as the team’s General Manager. Wil has played a number of different roles in his front office positions. George seems to be building his team from those who have a very versatile background.
Previously, it was announced that Kelly McCrimmon was hired to be McPhee’s assistant GM. McCrimmon was the owner, general manager and head coach with WHL Brandon, another very well rounded hire made by McPhee.
McPhee spent 17 years as the General Manager of the Capitals, beginning his reign in 1997, when he took the Capitals to their first and only Stanley Cup Championship series until April, 2014. Take a listen here to George’s recent conversation with Sports Net’s Prime Time Sports.
By Jon Sorensen