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Don Fishman
Assistant General Manager, Director of Legal Affairs

Don Fishman is in his ninth season with the Washington Capitals and seventh as assistant general manager and director of legal affairs. In this role, he assists vice president and general manager George McPhee with all aspects of the hockey operations department. Fishman manages the player contract negotiation process with all Capitals’ NHL and minor league players (entry level players/ rookies, restricted free agents, and  nrestricted free agents) and is responsible for managing the team’s salary cap. He handles player contract research and analysis, negotiation with player agents, the salary arbitration process, salary cap analyses of other NHL teams, and interpretation of NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Fishman, who spent two seasons as director of legal affairs and hockey administration before his appointment to assistant general manager, also assists with other aspects of the Capitals hockey operations department, such as NHL regular season and preseason scheduling, department staff issues, and department budgeting. Fishman handles loans and recalls to and from Washington’s minor league affiliates Hershey (AHL) and South Carolina (ECHL) as well as negotiating the Capitals’ affiliation agreements with such organizations. In addition, Fishman handles legal matters relating to other departments of the Capitals organization and the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, VA. and his “capology” session for fans is an annual fixture at the Capitals Convention (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013). Fishman worked with the Hershey Bears and the Norfolk Admirals to bring the two teams to Washington for the “AHL Showcase” game at Verizon Center in December 2012, the first AHL game in Washington in more than 30 years.

Prior to joining the Capitals, Fishman served as general counsel of two Washington, D.C., city government agencies, the Office of Cable Television and the Department of Parks and Recreation. In his role with District government, he worked as part of the local host committee that successfully bid for the 2009 NCAA Men’s Hockey Frozen Four, held at Verizon Center in April 2009. Fishman also worked as a corporate and communications lawyer in Washington and Los Angeles with Latham & Watkins and Ervin, Cohen & Jessup.

Fishman, a native Washingtonian, graduated from Harvard College, where he served as the radio voice of Harvard hockey, and UCLA School of Law.
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