George McPhee
George McPhee
Born (1958-07-02) July 2, 1958 (age 59)
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Right
Played for New York Rangers
New Jersey Devils
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1982-1989

George McPhee (born July 2, 1958) is a Canadian ice hockey executive. He currently holds the position of general manager for the Vegas Golden Knights.[1] McPhee is the former general manager of the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals; he also served as alternate governor, vice president, and special assistant to the general manager of the New York Islanders.

Playing career

Prior to his career in management, McPhee was a prominent college hockey player at Bowling Green State University. There he was the recipient of the 1982 Hobey Baker Award (given to college hockey's top player), was chosen as a First-Team All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association selection in 1982, Second-Team All-CCHA honors in 1979 and 1981 and was the CCHA's Rookie of the Year in 1979. He won the 1983-84 CHL Championship (Adams Cup) as a member of the Tulsa Oilers team coached by Tom Webster.[2] He began his NHL career in the 1983 playoffs for the New York Rangers. In the 1983 playoffs, he and Ray Cote of the Edmonton Oilers became the first players to score three goals in a single postseason prior to playing a regular season NHL game.[3] He had a seven-year career in the NHL with the Rangers and New Jersey Devils.

Management career

In 1992, McPhee landed his first major NHL management position, starting as vice president and director of hockey operations as well as alternate governor for the Vancouver Canucks, assisting then-general manager Pat Quinn. With McPhee, the team made the playoffs four times, won a division championship, and played in the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, which they lost to the New York Rangers.

Washington Capitals

When McPhee joined the Capitals in 1997, the team was looking to turn around its long storied history of being a regular season juggernaut that folded in the playoffs. Things started off great, as McPhee engineered the club's first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in his first season. The team played well under the general management of McPhee, achieving seven Southeast Division championships (1999-2000, 2000-01, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2012-13), eight 40-or-more win seasons (1997-98, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12), and a franchise-record 121-point season (2009-10).

On September 25, 1999, McPhee, angry at what he perceived to be dirty play by the Chicago Blackhawks, punched then Blackhawks head coach Lorne Molleken outside the Chicago locker room after their teams' exhibition game. Molleken sustained injuries to his head and in response Blackhawks players and team aides jumped McPhee, leaving him with a torn suit. On October 1, 1999, Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, suspended McPhee for a month without pay and fined him $20,000.[4]

Throughout the 2003-04 season, McPhee and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis decided to dump salary and begin a youth movement. In a fire sale, the Capitals traded Sergei Gonchar, Jaromir Jagr, Peter Bondra, Michael Nylander, Mike Grier, Robert Lang, and captain Steve Konowalchuk that season. McPhee began rebuilding the team by selecting Russian phenom Alexander Ovechkin with the first overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

The 2007-08 season would prove hopeful for McPhee, as the Capitals appeared poised to turn the corner in their development. However, after the Capitals started the season with a 6-14-1 record, McPhee fired Hanlon on November 22 and replaced him with Hershey Bears coach Bruce Boudreau. The coaching shake-up worked, and the 2007-08 season would end with an unprecedented comeback and an unexpected Southeast Division championship. McPhee's trade deadline acquisitions of veterans Sergei Fedorov, Matt Cooke, and Cristobal Huet all played large roles in leading the Capitals to their third Southeast Division title.

On April 26, 2014, McPhee was relieved of his duties as the Capitals general manager.

New York Islanders

On September 23, 2015, it was formally announced that McPhee had joined the New York Islanders in the role of an alternate governor, vice president, and special advisor to the general manager, Garth Snow.

Vegas Golden Knights

On July 13, 2016, McPhee left the Islanders organization after he was hired by Bill Foley, owner of the Las Vegas expansion franchise to be the new general manager of the team.[5]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1977-78 Guelph Platers OPJHL 48 53 57 110 150 -- -- -- -- --
1978-79 Bowling Green State U. CCHA 43 40 48 88 58 -- -- -- -- --
1979-80 Bowling Green State U. CCHA 34 21 24 45 51 -- -- -- -- --
1980-81 Bowling Green State U. CCHA 36 25 29 54 68 -- -- -- -- --
1981-82 Bowling Green State U. CCHA 40 28 52 80 57 -- -- -- -- --
1982-83 Tulsa Oilers CHL 61 17 43 60 145 -- -- -- -- --
1982-83 New York Rangers NHL -- -- -- -- -- 9 3 3 6 6
1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 9 1 1 2 11 -- -- -- -- --
1983-84 Tulsa Oilers CHL 49 20 28 48 133 -- -- -- -- --
1984-85 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 3 2 2 4 13 -- -- -- -- --
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 49 12 15 27 139 3 1 0 1 7
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 30 4 4 8 63 11 0 0 0 32
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 21 4 4 8 34 6 1 0 1 28
1987-88 New Jersey Devils NHL 5 3 0 3 8 -- -- -- -- --
1988-89 Utica Devils AHL 8 3 2 5 31 3 1 0 1 26
1988-89 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 1 1 2 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 115 24 25 49 257 29 5 3 8 73

Awards and honours

Award Year
All-CCHA Second Team 1978-79 [6]
All-CCHA Second Team 1980-81 [6]
All-CCHA First Team 1981-82 [6]
AHCA West All-American 1981-82 [7]

References

  1. ^ "Las Vegas NHL team introduces George McPhee as GM". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2016-07-13. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "1983-84 Tulsa Oilers". hockeydb.com. 2009-12-03. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ Klein, J.Z. (May 16, 2012). "With Three Postseason Goals, Rangers' Kreider Ties Obscure Record". New York Times. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ Lapointe, Joe "ON HOCKEY; McPhee Gets One-Month Ban", The New York Times, October 1, 1999, accessed January 8, 2011.
  5. ^ "George McPhee named GM of Las Vegas expansion team". Washington Post. 2016-07-13. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ a b c "CCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013. 
  7. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Award Created
CCHA Rookie of the Year
1978-79
Succeeded by
Steve Mulholland
Preceded by
Jeff Pyle
CCHA Player of the Year
1981-82
Succeeded by
Brian Hills
Preceded by
Neal Broten
Winner of the Hobey Baker Award
1981-82
Succeeded by
Mark Fusco
Preceded by
David Poile
General Manager of the Washington Capitals
1997-2014
Succeeded by
Brian MacLellan
Preceded by
Position created
General Manager of the Vegas Golden Knights
2016-present
Incumbent

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