Assistant GM and Director of Legal Affairs – Washington Capitals
Don Fishman is in his ninth season with the Washington Capitals hockey club and serves as the club’s Assistant General Manager and Director of Legal Affairs. In this role, he handles player contract negotiations, player contract research and analysis, the club’s day-to-day salary cap position, team salary cap strategic planning, the salary arbitration process, NHL and team salary cap analysis, and interpretation of NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) issues. Fishman also assists team vice president and general manager George McPhee with the day-to-day operations of the Capitals hockey operations department such as roster issues, player movement, preseason and regular season scheduling, budgeting, and training camp planning. Mr. Fishman also helped lead the organization’s efforts on a number of other special projects, including bringing the United States 2014 Men’s Olympic Hockey Team Orientation Camp to the Capitals training facility in August 2013 and bringing American Hockey League games to Washington in December 2012 and February 2014. In addition, Fishman serves as legal counsel for the Capitals organization generally.
Prior to joining the Capitals, Fishman served as general counsel of two Washington, D.C. city government agencies. In his role with District government, he worked as part of the local host committee that successfully bid for the NCAA Men’s Hockey Frozen Four, held in Washington, D.C. in 2009. Fishman also worked as a corporate and communications lawyer in Washington and Los Angles with Latham & Watkins and Ervin, Cohen & Jessup. Fishman, a native Washingtonian, graduated with an economics degree from Harvard College, where he also served as the radio voice of Harvard Hockey, and UCLA School of Law.