Aug. 5, 2004
Washington, D.C. - (Courtesy of Washington Capitals.com)
The Washington Capitals promoted Brian MacLellan to director of player personnel, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. MacLellan, who served as a pro scout for the Capitals the past three seasons, will assist and advise McPhee in all player-related matters. MacLellan will also oversee the club's developmental programs and work with the Capitals' professional and amateur scouts. In addition, he will also serve as the general manager of the Capitals' minor-league team, the American Hockey League's Portland Pirates. MacLellan and McPhee were teammates at Bowling Green State University from 1978-82 and both were inducted into the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987. The two alums were All-Americans in 1982 while McPhee won the Hobey Baker Award that season, as well. "Brian is an excellent judge of talent and knows what a winning team needs," McPhee said. "He played hockey at many levels, including junior, college, European, minor league and spent 10 seasons in the NHL where he played for a Stanley Cup winning team. Brian is smart, trustworthy and experienced." During MacLellan's NHL career, the Guelph, Ontario native skated for the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, Calgary Flames - where he won a Stanley Cup in 1989 - and Detroit Red Wings. MacLellan received his MBA from the University of Minnesota in 1995 and went on to work for an investment consulting firm in Minneapolis before joining the Capitals as a pro scout. "I knew this was what I wanted to do," MacLellan said. "It's a great opportunity and an opportunity to work with someone I know and like and trust. [Taking the job] was more of a no-brainer than anything else."