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With staff in place, McPhee confident he’ll bring NHL winner to Las Vegas

GM Named For Las Vegas' NHL Expansion Team

Steve Marcus

George McPhee speaks after being named general manager of Las Vegas’ NHL expansion team during a news conference at the T-Mobile Arena Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Bill Foley, the owner of the expansion team, listens at right. McPhee is a former general manager of the NHL’s Washington Capitals.

They are without a coach, and a roster, and a distinguishable brand, or the requisite prefix to license "Knights," but the NHL franchise that lies dormant has a team. And they're fully operational.

While the hockey community took its collective breather this summer, George McPhee poured through his contacts. It was in the neighborhood of 450 days before NHL hockey would arrive in Las Vegas, but the man spearheading the project was immediately working on deadline. Eight weeks until World Cup training camps.

The good bottle remaining corked, the rush was on to assemble hockey operations and manufacture a network of scouts with comparable reach to the NHL's 30 in-competition franchises, all of which have been greasing their production lines from their outsets.

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