Until Wednesday, Las Vegas was no different to George McPhee than it is to tourists around the world.

McPhee has been to Las Vegas before for a title fight, a family vacation and the occasional work trip. Now he gets to call The Strip his new home, even if he plans to be traveling for three weeks of every month for the next 10 or 11 months.

McPhee was named the first general manager of the NHL's new franchise in Las Vegas on Wednesday, putting him in command of the hockey operations for a team that doesn't have a nickname and can't have players until June 2017, but is off to a strong start with a billionaire owner, a state-of-the-art arena, and a GM with 24 years of experience in the NHL, including 17 as GM of the Washington Capitals.