Senior Vice President, General Manager and Alternate Governor
Brian MacLellan is in his fi fth season as
general manager of the Capitals. MacLellan,
60, was named the sixth general manager
in the Capitals history on May 26, 2014.
MacLellan is in his 17th season with Washington
after serving as the team’s assistant
general manager, player personnel for the
previous seven seasons.
With MacLellan at the helm, the Capitals
won their fi rst Stanley Cup in 2017-18.
Washington also eclipsed 100 points in
the regular season for the fourth-straight
season, all under MacLellan, and fi nished
fi rst in the Metropolitan Division for the
third consecutive season. Since MacLellan began as general manager in
2014-15, the Capitals lead the NHL in wins (205) and points (444).
In the 2016-17 season, the Capitals won their second consecutive
Presidents’ Trophy, marking the seventh time in NHL history a team has
won the Presidents’ Trophy in consecutive seasons. Washington posted
a 55-19-8 record, marking the second-most wins and third-most points
(118) in a season in franchise history. The Capitals recorded 55 wins in
two straight seasons (2015-16: 56, 2016-17: 55), joining the Montreal Canadiens
(1975-78) as the only teams in NHL history to win 55 or more
games in consecutive seasons. Washington also earned 238 points in
the last two seasons, marking the most points in two straight seasons
since Montreal recorded 244 points from 1977-79.
In the 2015-16 season, Washington led the NHL with a record of 56-
18-8 (120 points) and captured its second Presidents’ Trophy in franchise
history (2009-10). The Capitals set franchise records in wins and road
wins (27) and MacLellan was named a fi nalist for the 2015-16 NHL General
Manager of the Year Award.
In his fi rst season, Washington posted a record of 45-26-11 (101
points), reaching the 100 point mark for the eighth time in team history
and the fi rst since the 2010-11 season.
In his previous role, MacLellan oversaw the club’s professional scouting
staff and worked closely with the team’s American Hockey League
affi liate, the Hershey Bears, who won the Calder Cup in 2006, 2009 and
2010. MacLellan, who served as a pro scout for the Capitals from 2000-
03 prior to his promotion to director of player personnel, assisted and
advised the general manager in all player-related matters.
MacLellan, who won a Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989,
recorded 413 points (172 goals, 241 assists) in 606 games during his
10-year NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers,
Minnesota North Stars, Calgary Flames and Detroit Red Wings. MacLellan
also won a silver medal with Team Canada at the 1985 World Championship
The Guelph, Ont., native played hockey at Bowling Green State University
from 1978-82, registering 143 points (64g, 79a) in 160 games.
MacLellan’s 345 career penalty minutes rank sixth in school history. The
6’3” forward earned 63 points his freshman year, marking the second
most points by a freshman in school history behind teammate George
McPhee, who tallied 88 points the same season. Late in his junior season,
MacLellan moved to defense, and was named an All-American defenseman
and First-Team All-CCHA in 1982. MacLellan served as co-captain
for the Falcons from 1980-82. He was elected to the Bowling Green
Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987. MacLellan graduated with a bachelor of
science in business administration from Bowling Green and earned his
MBA in fi nance from the University of St. Thomas in 1995. He went on to
work for an investment consulting fi rm in Minneapolis before joining the
Capitals as a pro scout.
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