BROOKLYN (September 23, 2015) – The New York Islanders announced today that George McPhee has been named Special Advisor to General Manager Garth Snow.
“George brings a tremendous amount of experience and insight to our front office,” Snow said. “His ability to evaluate players along with his managerial skills, are an asset that we’re thrilled to add to our Hockey Operations Department.”
“I’m excited to join such a storied franchise,” McPhee said. “The Islanders have a great young team and I’m looking forward to contributing in any way I can to help them get to the next level.”
McPhee served as General Manager of the Washington Capitals for 17 seasons beginning in 1997-98. The Capitals reached the playoffs 10 times during McPhee’s tenure, including six straight seasons from 2007-08 to 2012-13. Under his leadership the team claimed seven Southeast Division championships (1999-00, 2000-01, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2012-13) and one President’s Trophy (2009-10). McPhee oversaw Washington’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in his first season.
Prior to joining the Capitals, McPhee spent five seasons as the Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, as well as Alternate Governor for the Vancouver Canucks. Throughout his tenure with the Canucks, the team had four trips to the playoffs, a division championship and a trip to the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals.
Internationally, McPhee was a part of the management group that helped guide Team Canada to an undefeated record and the eventual gold medal at the 2015 World Championships.
McPhee had a seven-year NHL playing career with the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.
The Guelph, ON native attended Bowling Green State University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, where he became one of college hockey’s most decorated players. A four-year letter-winner from 1978-82, he was the recipient of the 1982 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the top player in college hockey. His other accolades included a first-team All-CCHA selection in 1982, second-team All-CCHA honors in 1979 and 1981, and a selection as the CCHA’s Rookie of the Year in 1979. Earning a degree in business, he became the first player to be named to the CCHA All-Academic Team in three consecutive seasons.
McPhee earned his law degree from Rutgers University in 1992.