George McPhee served as the general manager of the Capitals for 17 years and what he accomplished in Washington certainly seems to have impressed the Great One himself.
Wayne Gretzky phoned into the show "NHL Tonight" on the NHL Network on Wednesday and was asked about the NHL's newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights. When talking about what the expansion team would need to be successful, Gretzky had some glowing praise for McPhee who is now the general manager in Vegas.
“Then you have to have a workaholic general manager, and I think George McPhee’s record speaks for itself," Gretzky said. "What he’s done in the past and how hard he works and how dedicated he is to making his teams the best teams that they can be."
Under McPhee, the Capitals won the franchise's only conference championship, seven Southeast Division titles and the team's first Presidents' Trophy. McPhee has also worked with the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Islanders, but the bulk of his management experience came with the Capitals. And evidently, Gretzky was impressed by McPhee's accomplishments there.