Dallas Stars Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jason Farris announced today the hiring of Dwight Mullins as the organization's community-based Hockey Development Director. The new position will oversee the continued development of Dallas Stars local hockey programs along with helping assist, educate, develop and grow all facets of the game in the Dallas Stars' regional area.
"Dwight's success as a coach at every level of the game is a testament to his ability to teach and motivate hockey players at any stage of development," Farris said. "We are excited to have his expertise in our organization to help us in our continued commitment to offer the North Texas community world-class hockey and skating programs. His years of experience will help us establish a more well-rounded curriculum and programs for our Dr Pepper StarCenters and other Dallas Stars initiatives."
Additionally, Mullins will oversee the creation of a team of high-level professional skills coaches branded "The Dallas Stars Xtreme Team" which will develop players, educate coaches and inform groups and associations of all ages and skill levels. This group will execute clinics, camps, workshops and seminars within the Dallas Stars Metro Hockey League system and across the greater Southwest region.
"Dwight has coached and trained me on several occasions during my NHL career with the Stars," Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley said. "I have also seen firsthand the positive effects he has had on developing players for the next level. Having a young son myself who is playing his influential years of hockey in the Dallas Stars Metro Hockey League, it gives me a great sense of confidence to know that hockey people like Dwight and his team are guiding my son's development."
Mullins joins the organization with 17 years of experience as a USA Hockey Level 4 coach at the professional, junior and amateur levels. Last season, he served as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Evansville Iceman (ECHL). Prior to Evansville, he served in the same capacity with the Elmira Jackals (ECHL) from 2012-14 and the Allen Americans (CHL) from 2009-12. Additionally, Mullins has worked as the Head Coach and General Manager for the Texas Tornado (NAHL) from 2007-08 and spent seven years with the Dallas Stars AAA Hockey Club, overseeing finance, player recruiting and selection, season scheduling and player advancement to Junior and College hockey programs.
"Dwight has coached for many years in the Metroplex and his reputation as a motivator and teacher makes him a tremendous addition to our team," Farris said. "He has worked closely with USA Hockey at both the local and regional level for many years, including being involved with the prestigious USA Hockey Rocky Mountain District (RMD) Development Camp for the past 13 years. This experience will allow us to work hand-in-hand with USA Hockey in the implementation of the American Development Model (ADM)."
"It's extremely exciting to see the Dallas Stars organization leading the way and serving their entire hockey community with this hiring," USA Hockey Senior Director of Hockey Development Kevin McLaughlin, Sr. said. "To see the level of commitment from the Stars organization to educate and train players, parents, coaches and all interested associations across their entire market is tremendous and will have a very significant positive impact on the future for all involved with hockey in the great state of Texas."
Prior to his career in coaching, Mullins played for three seasons with the Fort Worth Fire (CHL), appearing in 156 games and recording 66 points (37-29=66) with 733 penalty minutes. He also played junior hockey for six seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL), splitting time between Lethbridge, Calgary and Saskatoon.
"To be entrusted with representing the Dallas Stars as an influential leader in all facets of the sport of hockey is such a great privilege," Mullins said. "Teaming with USA Hockey puts us at the forefront of innovative ideologies. Having the ability to work in conjunction with current staff, players, and alumni for the betterment of youth and recreational hockey is an undertaking I'm excited to pilot and lead."
The native of Calgary, Alberta was selected in the fifth round (90th overall selection) by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1986 NHL Draft.