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George McPhee Named GM Of The Year

via NHL PR,

George McPhee of the Vegas Golden Knights is the 2017-18 winner of the NHL General Manager of the Year Award. Voting for this award was conducted among NHL Club General Managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

McPhee received 25 first-place votes among the 39 ballots and a total of 149 voting points, ahead of second-place Kevin Cheveldayoff of the Winnipeg Jets (107 points) and third-place Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning (46 points), the 2015 GM of the Year Award recipient.

McPhee built a Golden Knights team (51-24-7, 109 points) that made history by becoming the first modern-era expansion team from any of the four North American pro sports leagues to start from scratch and win its division. Vegas added to its list of accomplishments in the postseason, becoming just the third club in NHL history to win multiple playoff series in its inaugural season. Featuring a roster assembled by McPhee largely from the NHL Expansion Draft – conducted less than three months before training camp opened – Vegas started the season 8-1-0. The Golden Knights posted their 34th victory on Feb. 1 to set the NHL record for wins by a team in its inaugural season – with 32 games remaining. Eleven Vegas players recorded career-best point totals, including the team’s top five scorers: William KarlssonJonathan MarchessaultDavid PerronReilly Smith and Erik Haula.

McPhee captured his first GM Award in his second appearance as a finalist, having finished as a runner-up in 2009-10 with the Washington Capitals.

  

2017-2018 NHL General Manager of the Year Award Voting

 

  Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd)
1. George McPhee, VGK 149 (25-7-3)
2. Kevin Cheveldayoff, WPG 107 (8-20-7)
3. Steve Yzerman, TBL 46 (3-8-7)
4. Don Sweeney, BOS 17 (0-3-8)
5. Joe Sakic, COL 10 (1-0-5)
6. Brian MacLellan, WSH 7 (1-0-2)
7. Ray Shero, NJD 7 (0-1-4)
8. Ron Hextall, PHI 5 (1-0-0)
9. David Poile, NSH 2 (0-0-2)
10. Jarmo Kekalainen, CBJ 1 (0-0-1)

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