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FILE - In this May 15, 2013, file photo, Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee talks with reporters at the Kettler Iceplex in Arlington, Va. A person with direct knowledge of the decision says McPhee has been hired as general manager of the NHL's expansion Las Vegas franchise. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because owner Bill Foley's announcement was set for Wednesday afternoon, July 13, 2016. McPhee most recently served as special advisor to New York Islanders GM Garth Snow. Before that he spent 16 seasons as GM of the Washington Capitals.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, FIle)

Las Vegas NHL expansion team hires former Capitals boss George McPhee as GM

- Associated Press

McPhee most recently served as special adviser to New York Islanders GM Garth Snow and before that spent 16 seasons as GM of the Washington Capitals. As the Capitals’ GM, McPhee oversaw a complete rebuild around star winger Alex Ovechkin that led to six consecutive playoff appearances before he was fired in 2014.

Auston Mathews (left) has the chance to be the seventh U.S.-born player selected in the NHL draft if the Toronto Maple Leafs select the Arizona-born center on Friday. (Associated Press)

Overhaul continues for Toronto Maple Leafs with top pick in NHL draft

- Associated Press

Toronto general manager Lou Lamoriello on Thursday said he’s going to keep everyone guessing — including the Arizona-born, 18-year-old Auston Matthews — until it’s time for the Maple Leafs to announce the selection Friday night at the NHL draft.

Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane poses on the red carpet at the NHL Awards show, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Patrick Kane wins the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

- Associated Press

Kane won the Hart Trophy on Wednesday night, becoming the first player born and trained in the U.S. to be named the NHL’s most valuable player.

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2015, file photo, Gary Bettman, commissioner of the National Hockey League addresses the crowd as Bill Foley, chairman, Fidelity National Financial, Inc., Black Knight and FIS wipes his forehead during the "Let's Bring Hockey to Las Vegas!" press conference at the MGM Grand Ballroom in Las Vegas. A person with direct knowledge of the NHL's decision says the league has settled on Las Vegas as its choice for expansion, provided organizers can come up with a $500 million fee. The person spoke Tuesday, June 14, 2016, on condition of anonymity because details have not been released by the league ahead of its Board of Governors meeting on June 22. (AP Photo/The Sun, L.E. Baskow, File ) LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL OUT **FILE**

NHL gambles on expansion franchise in Las Vegas

- Associated Press

The NHL will expand to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season after awarding its 31st franchise to billionaire businessman Bill Foley on Wednesday. The league’s board of governors met on a 109-degree day and voted to put an ice hockey team in the Mojave Desert’s gambling mecca.

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