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Las Vegas NHL expansion team hires George McPhee as GM

George McPhee has been tabbed as the first general manager of the NHL's expansion Las Vegas franchise, and he hopes to build an entertaining team that can compete sooner rather than later.

Owner Bill Foley picked McPhee out of seven candidates based on his extensive experience. It's up to McPhee to build Las Vegas from scratch when it begins play in 2017-18, a task he knows won't be easy.

"Our mission here is clear: We're going to build an organization and a team that people in Nevada and Las Vegas will be proud of, and we're going to do it quickly and we're aiming at the Stanley Cup," McPhee said Wednesday. "It's that simple."

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