ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Hockey League announced today that Washington Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee is one of three finalists for the league’s first General Manager of the Year Award, along with Phoenix’s Don Maloney and Nashville’s David Poile.
Voting for the award was conducted among the 30 club general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media. The winner will be announced during the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.
McPhee assembled a Capitals team that established club records in wins (54) and points (121) while winning the franchise’s first Presidents’ Trophy for the best record in the NHL and its third consecutive Southeast Division title. Washington led the NHL in goals per game (3.82) and power play (25.2%).
Washington finished the regular season with a roster that featured nine players drafted by McPhee, nine he signed as free agents and eight that he acquired via trade. Additions to this year’s team included 29-goal-scorer Mike Knuble
, who signed with the Capitals July 1, 2009, and four players acquired at the March 3 trade deadline.
In addition to Washington’s success the team’s American Hockey league affiliate, the Hershey Bears, posted that league’s best record after winning the 2009 Calder Cup.