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Vegas franchise officially names Kelly McCrimmon assistant GM

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The Las Vegas NHL franchise officially named Kelly McCrimmon assistant general manager Tuesday, confirming weekend reports.

Team owner Bill Foley announced the signing in a release, calling the move the latest step in building a successful franchise.

"Bringing Kelly on board is another positive step as we build our hockey organization," said Foley. "I remain very excited about our franchise and in the progress we are making to build a winning team."

McCrimmon served as GM and head coach of the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings and most recently led the club to a WHL championship and a Memorial Cup berth.

"Kelly is an outstanding hockey man and we are delighted to have him join us," GM George McPhee said. "His extensive experience and consistently high level of performance in the game will help us build a strong and successful organization and team. His hockey acumen, character, and work ethic are perfect for us."

McCrimmon was named the CHL Executive of the Year in 1995 and Executive of the Year of the WHL in 1995, 2010, and 2015.

"Being part of the foundation of this new franchise is an incredible opportunity, and I am honored to have been selected as the assistant general manager to help build it into a successful team," said McCrimmon. "I look forward to working with George and Bill as we create a winning NHL franchise."

The Las Vegas franchise will join the NHL for the start of the 2017-18 season.

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