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5 things to know about Las Vegas GM George McPhee

Expansion franchise's first general manager built Capitals into contender

by Cutler Klein @CutlerKlein / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Las Vegas NHL expansion franchise named George McPhee its first general manager Wednesday.

Here are 5 things you should know about the new hockey boss in Las Vegas:

1. He was Washington Capitals GM for 17 years.

McPhee, 58, took over for David Poile as general manager of the Washington Capitals in 1997. In his first season the Capitals made the Stanley Cup Final for the first time but lost to the Detroit Red Wings in four games. In McPhee's 17 years with the Capitals, they won the Southeast Division seven times, had eight 40-plus win seasons, and set a franchise record for most points in a season (121) in 2009-10. They also drafted Alex Ovechkin, their all-time leading scorer and current captain, with the No. 1 pick in the 2004 NHL Draft. McPhee was fired April 26, 2014, and replaced by Brian MacLellan.

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2. He played six seasons in the NHL.

McPhee, who played forward at Bowling Green State University from 1978-82, won the 1982 Hobey Baker Award as the best player in NCAA men's hockey, and then signed with the New York Rangers as an undrafted free agent. During the 1983 Stanley Cup Playoffs, McPhee and Edmonton Oilers forward Ray Cote became the first two players in League history to score three goals in a single postseason before playing a regular-season game. McPhee had NHL career highs in goals (12), assists (15), points (27) and games (49) with the Rangers in 1984-85. He had 24 goals and 25 assists in 115 games in six seasons with the Rangers and New Jersey Devils, and five goals and three assists in 29 Stanley Cup Playoff games, all with the Rangers.

3. His first NHL management job was under Pat Quinn.

McPhee got his first management job in the NHL in 1992 when he was hired as vice president, director of hockey operations and alternate governor of the Vancouver Canucks under Quinn, who was coach, president and GM at the time. Under McPhee and Quinn the Canucks made the playoffs four times, won the Smythe Division title in 1993, and reached the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, losing in seven games to the Rangers. Quinn will posthumously be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 14.

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4. Hockey runs in the family.

McPhee's son, Graham, was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the sixth round (No. 149) of the 2016 NHL Draft. Beginning this fall Graham will play at Boston College for coach Jerry York. York was the coach at Bowling Green when George played there.

5. He has been working for the New York Islanders, among other jobs, since the Capitals fired him.

McPhee was hired as special adviser to Islanders GM Garth Snow on Sept. 23. He also was GM of Canada when it won the championship at the 2015 Spengler Cup, and he and Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving were co-GMs for Canada for the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

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