It’s a saying that shouldn’t be new to Golden Knights fans, players, and especially George McPhee, “Playoffs in three, Cup in six.” A mantra that dates back on record as far as February 2016, and one that in the mind of the man behind it probably dates back to the moment he first thought about buying an NHL team.
Four months before Gary Bettman stood behind a podium at the Wynn and awarded Vegas an NHL franchise, The Creator had his a timeline made up in his mind. “Playoffs in three, Cup in six”
I don’t think it’s quick at all. Playoffs in three, Cup in six. Period, no excuses, that’s the standard. I consider that being very patient. -The Creator
Let me have him repeat what he said to News3’s Amber Dixon (see tweet below for video) again.
Period. No excuses, that’s the standard. -The Creator
Which begs two very simple questions. What if they aren’t in the playoffs by 2020 and what if the Stanley Cup is not being paraded down Las Vegas Boulevard in June of 2023?
Only time will tell, and it’s certainly not crazy to hear the mantra and instantly disbelieve it. But this isn’t a claim coming from some fan, a player, or worse off some no-good blogger. It’s coming from a guy who simply doesn’t let things fail, and someone whose portfolio of successes isn’t exactly confined to one area of expertise like most believe.
The more I talk to people, the more I realize they aren’t actually aware of who this guy is, what he’s done, and why when he says he’s going to do something, you are better off believing it than doubting it.
It’s well-documented he’s a West Point man at heart (cough, Rat Pack was a better name, cough). But it’s not as well known that he didn’t fulfill his military commitment by joining the infantry, artillery, or any of the other generally soldier-like badassery we are used to. Instead, he spent five years overseeing multi-million dollar defense contracts for Boeing… in his 20s.
Then, at the age of 30, having returned to school to get a Masters of Business (MBA) at Seattle University and a law degree (JD) at the University of Washington, he joined a law firm. Two years later, he opened his own law firm. Utilizing the law firm he had created, he decided to put together an investment group to buy a small title company. 20 years later, and having bought up 80 other companies, that title company became the biggest in the world. It’s called Fidelity National Financial now, you’ve probably heard of it.
But that’s just one. Ever heard of Hardees and Carl’s Jr? How about Rally’s, Checkers, or Taco Bueno? His companies owned them all. He owned wineries, golf courses, hotels, a restaurant group, mountain lodges, a cattle ranch, a payroll company, multiple IT companies, America’s largest manufacturer of automotive alternators, a “jet center” that’s utilized by hundreds of private jets a year, and now… a hockey team.
This isn’t just some guy making an outlandish claim in a field of business he has no clue about. It’s a guy who doesn’t take no for an answer, and has been making claims like this is equally as competitive fields for more than 50 years.
We want to be the very best. We want to be successful in everything we do. We do not accept bad product. If I have a winemaker that can’t make the right, quality wine with the product that we give, the grapes, that winemaker has to move on. -The Creator
The man has a plan, and no matter how unlikely, unprecedented, or even impossible it may seem, there’s a track record, and a legit one, behind the guy saying it.
I won’t fault anyone for being skeptical, but knowing the claims he’s made before, it’s probably safer to just blindly believe and enjoy the ride rather than doubt a guy who’s done wilder things in crazier timelines than win a Stanley Cup in six years.
— Amber Dixon (@AmberNews3LV) August 2, 2017
There’s a lot of really great stuff out there for anyone interested in learning more about the business acumen of the Golden Knights owner, but here are two of the best pieces to really give an overview much deeper than the one outlined in this article.