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Meet the Las Vegas NHL team’s Mr. Everything

Yahoo Sport's Josh Cooper profiled Murray Craven, whose role with the Las Vegas NHL franchise is...Well, complicated:

Murray Craven doesn’t have an official title with the Las Vegas NHL team but that’s because he doesn’t have one specific role in one specific area.

He’s helping the team design their locker room. He’s working on the Summerlin-area construction of the practice facility, which also includes the team’s office space. He guided billionaire owner Bill Foley to hire George McPhee as the team’s general manager.

“At this point I just do the work,” said Craven who played 1,071 games in his NHL career between the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks. “I know what’s out there. I know what needs to be done and that’s what I do.”

The 52-year-old Craven is a living, walking embodiment that timing can help in the successes of life. If he hadn’t met Foley while playing golf in Whitefish, Montana in the early part of last decade, he may not have had this opportunity – to help mold and create the first major pro sports team in Las Vegas.

But his ability to successfully do his job is more than just luck. Through those trips to the golf course and personal time with Foley the two have built up a level of trust and understanding where Craven has quickly become one of the few people who can help build this team in Foley’s image.

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Guess Mr. Foley didn’t want to work with Boyd Gaming and the Orleans Arena.  Ever since Boyd dropped the ECHL team, the arena is looking more and more like a convention center space than an actual arena.  Yes, they have basketball games there (like the McDonald’s All-American and national high school and collegiate competitions and tournaments), but only because UNLV and the MGM Grand Garden Arena were getting the high profile teams while the Orleans Arena was getting the fringe teams.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/29/16 at 08:53 PM ET

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Any word yet on names or logos?

Posted by SlimChance on 07/30/16 at 07:12 AM ET

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Last I heard, we won’t know until October.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/30/16 at 10:31 PM ET

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