Although the Vegas Golden Knights have yet to play a single shift in the National Hockey League they already have a fan in Wayne Gretzky.
The NHL’s all-time leading scorer was recently on the NHL Network and had nothing but good things to say about the job general manager George McPhee has done building the league’s newest franchise from scratch.
“Well, first of all, you’ve got to have good ownership, and it looks like they have strong, good, solid ownership,” Gretzky said Wednesday, per the Las Vegas Review Journal. “Then they have to have good leadership, and Murray Craven is a tremendous man, and I know he understands the importance of youth hockey in the area. He’s gonna do everything he can to expand and grow youth hockey in Vegas and in the surrounding area.
“Then you have to have a workaholic general manager, and I think George McPhee’s record speaks for itself. 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.”
Gretzky went on to say that the best way to “grow the sport” in a nontraditional hockey market is not by gimmicks and giveaways, but rather by building a winning team. The Great One knows a thing or two about that as it was 25 years ago this week he helped Los Angeles become a viable hockey market when he was traded to the Kings.