For the Vegas hockey fan getting to know Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee is must. These are the some of things to get you better acquainted to the man in charge of building the franchises inaugural roster that will take to the ice this fall.
McPhee born on July 2, 1958 hails from Guelph, Ontaria, Canada. Guelph is a small hockey hotbed in Canada that has produced NHL talent from Detroit Red Wings Kirk Maltby to current San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture.
George went on to play for Bowling Green University in 1978. By the time McPhee dressed for the Falcons, the Universities hockey program was already thriving. Two years prior to his arrival BG became the first school in the CCHA to participate in a NCAA tournament.
In his freshman season McPhee played with three eventual Olympians in Ken Morrow, Mark Wells, and Brian MacLellan. He lead the Falcons when he registered 40 goals in his first campaign and was honored as CCHA’s rookie of the year.
McPhee would spend three more seasons at Bowling Green as he tallied 267 points in 153 games (114 goals, 153 assists). He also collected two more accolades from CCHA Player of the Year in 1982 to the coveted Hobey Bake Award.
The Hobey Baker winner left Bowling for the NHL.
As an undrafted free agent McPhee signed his first professional contract with the New York Rangers. In his first year with the Rangers George did not play a single regular season game until the 1983 Stanley Cup Playoffs. History was made in the league when both McPhee and Edmonton Oilers forward Ray Cote both scored three times without even playing in their rookie campaigns.
In his NHL playing career, McPhee played in 4 seasons with New York for a total of 109 games and registered 45 points (21 goals and 24 assists). He also spent two years with division rival New Jersey Devils where he tallied 4 points (3 goals and 1 assist).
Under Pat Quinn’s Mentorship
George received his first post career job with the Vancouver Canucks under the guidance of Pat Quinn as Vice President of Hockey Operations and the organizations Alternate Governor. With McPhee and Quinn at the helm Vancouver appeared in the playoffs 4 times. During his tenure with the Canucks his organization grabbed one Smythe Division title and made an appearance in the 1994 Stanley Cup Final.
Following his time with Vancouver McPhee joined the Capitals organization as their General Manager. There he spent 17 seasons in Washington where his team made 10 playoffs appearances, capturing seven Southeast Division titles, and appeared in the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals.
Other major highlights as GM with the club, McPhee drafted Russian Phenom Alexander Ovechkin in 2004 NHL Entry Draft 1st overall to selecting Swede Sensation Nicklas Backstrom just two years later in the first round. In the 2013-2014 season saw his down fall where the club registered a 38-30-14 record and failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
He was relieved from his managerial duties from the Capitals on April 26, 2014.
New York Islanders
After he was let go by Washington McPhee spent the 2015-2016 NHL season as special advisor and Vice President to Garth Snow.
Vegas Golden Knights
Immediately after his short stint with the Islanders George was hired by Golden Knights owner Bill Foley as the franchises first General Manager.
McPhee and his army of scouts are quietly building up the clubs inaugural team for the 2017-2018 hockey season.