Frisco, Tex. –
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed Director of Player Personnel Les Jackson to a two-year contract extension through the 2012-13 season.
Jackson, 58, is entering his 24th season with the Stars, dating back to the club’s days in Minnesota. Most of that time has been spent doing what he does best - managing and overseeing the club’s scouting program, which includes monitoring the development of all amateur and professional prospects. Jackson also served as co-general manager of the Stars from 2007-2009.
Jackson has played an instrumental role in building the Stars into the consistently competitive hockey club that it has become over the last two decades. Learning from the tutelage of respected general managers such as Bob Clarke, Bob Gainey and Lou Nanne during his tenure with the Stars, Jackson also assisted in the evaluation of players as it related to movement within the organization including the entry draft, trades and free agent signings. During Jackson’s watch as head of the scouting staff, the Stars selected such future NHL stars as Mike Modano, Derian Hatcher, Jere Lehtinen, Jarome Iginla, Marty Turco, Brenden Morrow
, and Jamie Benn
, among others.
Jackson was an assistant general manager with the Atlanta Thrashers for two seasons (1998-2000), after spending 13 years in a variety of roles in the Stars' organization, including assistant general manager from 1993-98. Jackson was drafted by the Boston Bruins in 1972 and played two seasons in the minors, then began his career as a hockey executive. His minor professional coaching career included stints in Billings and Great Falls, Montana; Tucson, Arizona; and New Westminster and Revelstoke, British Columbia. Jackson also spent five years as assistant coach and general manager of the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings.