FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that Rich Peverley has been promoted to Director of Player Personnel, Rickard Oquist has been promoted to European Director of Player Personnel and Craig Bonner has been promoted to Head Professional Scout.
Peverley, 38, is in his sixth season in the team's front office, having spent his tenure as Player Development Coordinator, monitoring the development of drafted Dallas Stars prospects with an emphasis on the amateur level. In his new role as Director of Player Personnel, Peverley transitions into the club's hockey operations management team of Nill, Assistant General Manager and Texas Stars General Manager Scott White and Assistant General Manager Mark Janko, assisting in the decision-making process with regards to player personnel and the team's makeup. Peverley will also be heavily involved in professional and amateur scouting, as well as player development.
Peverley played nine seasons in the NHL with Nashville, Atlanta, Boston and Dallas, finishing with his 241 points (84-157=241) in 442 career regular-season contests. A member of the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, Peverley accumulated 21 points (9-12=21) in 59 postseason contests with two trips to the Stanley Cup Final, both with Boston. A native of Kingston, Ont., Peverley currently resides in his native province with his wife Nathalie, and their three children Isabelle, Frederik and Elena. In addition to his work in hockey, Peverley is also extremely active with the American Heart Association, and created PEVS Protects, aimed at raising funds AED purchases and training in the community, as well as CPR training.
Oquist, 38, is in his 13th season with the Stars organization, serving as a European Amateur Scout since joining the club in 2008-09. In his new role as European Director of Player Personnel, Oquist will oversee all European professional scouting, while working alongside Director of European Scouting Kari Takko to coordinate the team's scouting efforts in Europe at both the professional and amateur levels.
Prior to joining the Stars, Oquist played at several levels within the Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Beginning in 1999-2000, Oquist appeared in 11 games with Djurgardens of J18 Allsvenskan, where he recorded seven points (3-4=7) and 59 penalty minutes. The former defenseman went on to play three seasons at the J20 SuperElit level with Sodertalje, registering 24 points (11-13=24) and 143 penalty minutes in 62 games from 2000-03 before moving up to Division 1 in 2003-04, where he posted two points (1-1=2) in 11 games with Botkyrka. Oquist then played one season with Torino of the Italian Hockey League, skating in 12 games before returning to Sweden where he played in one game and recorded two points (1-1=2) with Telge of Division 3 in 2008-09.
Bonner, 48, is in his sixth season with the Stars, serving as a Professional Scout since joining the team's front office in 2015-16. In his expanded role as Head Professional Scout, Bonner will coordinate the club's professional scouting initiatives, including covering the NHL, American Hockey League (AHL), and college tournaments. Prior to joining Dallas, Bonner spent nine years with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL), serving as the team's General Manager beginning in 2007-08 before being promoted to Vice President of Hockey Operations/General Manager in 2012-13.
A native of Edmonton, Alta., Bonner played three seasons of professional hockey from 1993-96. The former defenseman appeared in 12 career AHL games with Syracuse, recording one assist (0-1=1), while also skating in 62 career International Hockey League games with the Kalamazoo Wings/Michigan K-Wings, registering 10 points (2-8=10) and 114 penalty minutes for the then-primary development affiliate of Dallas. He also spent five seasons with Kamloops, recording 130 points (29-101=130) in 250 career WHL games. After his retirement from hockey following the 1995-96 season, Bonner returned to Kamloops, serving as Assistant Coach for five seasons before joining on the Vancouver Giants (WHL) as Assistant General Manager and Assistant Coach in 2002-03.