LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Vegas Golden Knights President of Hockey Operations and General Manager George McPhee announced today, May 2, that Kelly McCrimmon has been promoted to General Manager of the Vegas Golden Knights, effective September 1, 2019.
Kelly McCrimmon (right) named new GM of Vegas @GoldenKnights. George McPhee (left) is Pres of Hockey Operations. Great move to keep McCrimmon with Knights. #VGK #VegasBorn #NHL pic.twitter.com/2oHUx5kY6Y— Ron Futrell (@RonFutrell) May 2, 2019
In this new role, McCrimmon will represent the Golden Knights at the league’s General Managers Meetings and be the point of contact for other NHL GMs. McCrimmon will report to George McPhee, who will continue to be responsible for all hockey operations decisions and oversee the club’s hockey operations team as the Golden Knights President of Hockey Operations.
Vegas Golden Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley, McPhee and McCrimmon will hold a press availability on Thursday, May 2 at noon at City National Arena in the second-floor auxiliary room outside MacKenzie River Pizza.
“This is a very exciting announcement for our club and Vegas Golden Knights fans around the world,” said Vegas Golden Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley. “George and Kelly are a fantastic team. From the mock draft exercises and preparation leading up to the Expansion Draft, building out our coaching staff, and continually improving our team through the draft, trades, signings and free agency, the work they have done over the last three years has been remarkable. Together they have constructed a championship-caliber team in a very short time. This personnel move ensures that our hockey operations group stays intact and positions our organization for long term success.”
McCrimmon was named Assistant General Manager of the Golden Knights on Aug. 2, 2016, and has played a key role in the construction of the Vegas Golden Knights roster and organization.
“Kelly has been a tremendous addition to our hockey operations group and the entire Vegas Golden Knights organization as a whole,” said Vegas Golden Knights President of Hockey Operations George McPhee. “His character, leadership, hockey acumen, and player evaluation at both the pro and amateur levels are exceptional. We are confident Kelly will thrive in this new role. We will continue to build a team and a franchise that our fans are proud to support.”
“Working with the Golden Knights has been an incredibly rewarding experience and I am very grateful for this new opportunity,” said Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon. “I would like to thank Bill, George, and the entire Golden Knights organization for their support and commitment. We are proud of the foundation we have built and are excited for the future.”
He was instrumental in the team’s scouting, preparation and player evaluation leading up to and during the 2017 Expansion Draft as well as the team’s inaugural Entry Draft in June of 2017. Since that time, he has assisted McPhee in overseeing all day-to-day hockey operations of the club.
McCrimmon joined Las Vegas after serving as Owner, Governor, General Manager and Head Coach of the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings, an organization he has been with since 1988-89. McCrimmon served as Head Coach from 2004-11, and 2013-16. He has helped the Wheat Kings to five Memorial Cup appearances, once as a player (1979), three times as General Manager (1995, 1996, 2016) and twice as Head Coach and General Manager (2010, 2016).