FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today organizational changes in the club's hockey operations department. Les Jackson has been elevated to Senior Advisor to the General Manager, while Scott White and Mark Janko have each been promoted to Assistant General Manager.
Jackson, 63, will begin his 29th season with the organization, dating back to the Minnesota North Stars days. He most recently served as the team's Assistant General Manager. In his new role as Senior Advisor to the General Manager, he will work closely with Nill on a variety of assignments. He will observe and evaluate talent from the amateur and professional ranks all around the world and serve as counsel regarding the draft, free agency and trades.
White, 48, has been a member of the Stars organization since 2005, most recently as the team's Director of Hockey Operations for the past three seasons. He will assist in all matters pertaining to player evaluation, trades and free agent signings, reporting directly to Nill. White will also continue his role as the General Manager of the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League. He is the only General Manager in the history of Texas, leading them to two Calder Cup Finals, winning in 2014.
Janko, 40, will begin his 17th season with the organization, spending the last eight in the hockey operations department. He will oversee all aspects of the team's salary cap and structure, serve as an architect to all player and staff contract negotiations, continue his work as the team's liaison for all player transactions with NHL Central Registry, and work with the League on all preseason and regular season scheduling matters. His last three seasons were spent as the team's Director of Hockey Administration.