We’re aim­ing for Cup, says first Las Vegas GM

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - STEPHEN WHYNO

Guelph’s Ge­orge McPhee, 58, has been tabbed as the first gen­eral man­ager of the Na­tional Hockey League’s expansion Las Vegas fran­chise.

McPhee hopes to build an en­ter­tain­ing team that can com­pete sooner rather than later.

Owner Bill Fo­ley picked McPhee out of seven can­di­dates based on his ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s up to McPhee to build Las Vegas from scratch when it be­gins play in 2017-18, a task he knows won’t be easy.

“Our mis­sion here is clear: We’re go­ing to build an or­ga­ni­za­tion and a team that peo­ple in Ne­vada and Las Vegas will be proud of, and we’re go­ing to do it quickly and we’re aim­ing at the Stan­ley Cup,” McPhee said Wed­nes­day. “It’s that sim­ple.”

McPhee most re­cently served as spe­cial ad­viser to New York Is­lan­ders GM Garth Snow and be­fore that spent 16 sea­sons as GM of the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals. As the Cap­i­tals’ GM, McPhee over­saw a com­plete re­build around star winger Alex Ovechkin that led to the team mak­ing six con­sec­u­tive play­off ap­pear­ances be­fore he was fired in 2014. McPhee played seven sea­sons in the NHL.

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