Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 | 3 p.m.
George McPhee, general manager of Las Vegas’ NHL expansion franchise, officially made his first hire this afternoon.
The team confirmed reports of Kelly McCrimmon coming on as assistant general manager.
“Kelly is an outstanding hockey man and we are delighted to have him join us,” McPhee said in a statement. “His extensive experience and consistently high level of performance in the game will help us build a strong and successful organization and team. His hockey acumen, character and work ethic are perfect from us.”
McCrimmon arrives in Las Vegas after nearly 30 years with the Brandon Wheat Kings, a junior hockey team in the Canadian Hockey League. He’s operated as the Wheat Kings general manger since 1989, owned the team since 1992 and coached for 11 of the last 13 years.
Under McCrimmon’s direction, the Wheat Kings have won more games than any of the 59 other teams in the CHL.
“Being part of the foundation of this new franchise is an incredible opportunity, and I am honored to have been selected as the assistant general manager to help build it into a successful team,” McCrimmon said. “I look forward to working with George and (owner) Bill (Foley) as we create a winning NHL franchise.”