As expected, George McPhee has been named the GM of the newest NHL team, which will be located in Vegas.
McPhee spent his college years at Bowling Green playing under Coach York, during which time he won the Hobey Baker award. McPhee spent 7 years playing in the NHL for the New York Rangers before joining the management side of the league.
McPhee began his career with the Canucks, where he assisted Pat Quinn in managing the team. McPhee was then the GM of the Washington Capitals from 1997-2014, at which point he joined the Islanders as Special Advisor to the General Manager.
McPhee is one of many in NHL front offices that have BC connections. Other loose connections include Tom Fitzgerald, father of Casey and Ryan, who is the Assistant GM of the New Jersey Devils and Ray Shero, father of Chris, who is the Devils GM.
There are also numerous former BC players in NHL front offices and coaching positions: Rob Riley (Columbus, Scout), Bill Guerin (Pittsburgh, Assistant GM), Scott Clemmensen (NJ, Goalie Development Coach), Brian Leetch (NHL, Player Safety Manager), Brian Poile (Nashville, Director of Hockey Ops), Joe Mullen (Flyers, Assistant Coach), Scott Harlow (Edmonton, Scout), Neil Shea (Colorado, Scout), David Hymovitz (Islanders, Scout), Marty Reasoner (Islanders, Player Development), and Mike Mottau (Chicago, Scout).