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Ex-Caps McPhee, Cassidy, Stephenson Take Home Stanley Cup



Chandler Stephenson skates during the 2023 NHL All-Star Skills Competition.
Chandler Stephenson skates during the 2023 NHL All-Star Skills Competition.

Nearly seven years ago, George McPhee was one of the first hires of the new NHL expansion team in Las Vegas.

Now, the former Washington Capitals executive and current Vegas Golden Knights president of hockey operations is a Stanley Cup Champion.

McPhee is one of three ex-Capitals playing major roles with the Golden Knights, who secured the Stanley Cup with a 9-3 win over the Florida Panthers in Tuesday’s Game 5.

Bruce Cassidy, the team’s first-year head coach, received his first NHL head coaching opportunity in Washington from 2002-04. Cassidy guided the Capitals to the playoffs in his first season at the helm, but was fired after a disappointing start the following season.

Cassidy resurfaced as an NHL head coach in 2016 with the Boston Bruins, eventually leading the team to the 2019 Stanley Cup Final before being fired last offseason.

Chandler Stephenson, the team’s fourth-highest playoff scorer, earned his second-career Stanley Cup with the win, following the Capitals’ win in 2018.

Stephenson, who spent seven seasons in the Capitals organization, was acquired by the Golden Knights in 2019. Following a breakout season, he inked a four-year contract extension to stay in Vegas.

During the team’s playoff run, Stephenson tallied 19 points across 21 games.

Jared Serre covers the Washington Capitals for Washington Hockey Now. He is a graduate of West Virginia University.