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Stars Announce Front Office Moves

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars


FRISCO, Tex. – Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has named Dave Taylor as the club’s director of player personnel and Brett Hull as the team’s special advisor to hockey operations.

“Dave brings a wealth of experience and success from his general manager days to his playing days that will prove invaluable to this organization,” said Armstrong. “We are very happy to have him on board with our club and believe he will be a great asset to the Dallas Stars organization.”

Taylor, 51, most recently served as director of amateur development for the Los Angeles Kings in 2006-07 after completing nine seasons from 1997 – 2006 as the club’s general manager. Compiling a record of 290-261-105, he is the winningest GM in Kings’ history. In his final year as general manager in 2005-06, the Kings equaled a franchise record in home wins (26). His teams earned 90-plus points for three-straight seasons from 1999-2002 for the first time in franchise history and the average attendance at Kings home games improved from 12,297 to 17,821 during his tenure. Following the 2000-01 campaign, Taylor was named by the Hockey News as the NHL Executive of the Year. In the 2001 playoffs, the Kings overcame an early 2-0 series deficit and ousted the heavily favored Detroit Red Wings in six games before eventually being eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche in seven games.

“I’m both proud and excited to be joining such a successful organization in the Dallas Stars,” said Taylor. “I’m looking forward to joining their group and helping them win their next championship.

“I have tremendous respect for Doug Armstrong and I feel like I will have a voice in the direction of the organization. I am excited to work closely with him and his whole staff.”

In addition to his player-personnel moves at the NHL level, Taylor put into place a top-notch professional and amateur scouting staff with the Kings. At the 2002 NHL Draft, the Sporting News and Red Line Report both ranked the Kings draft as the best among the 30 NHL teams. Under Taylor’s leadership, the Kings succeeded at the draft table tabbing Anze Kopitar, Olli Jokinen, Alexander Frolov, Michael Cammalleri, Dustin Brown and Lubomir Visnovksy.

On the ice, Taylor was a member of the renowned “Triple Crown Line” with Marcel Dionne and Charlie Simmer. The Kings’ all-time games played leader appeared in 1,111 contests, tallying 431 goals and 638 assists for 1,069 points. A five-time NHL All-Star, he also served as the Kings captain for four seasons from 1985-89, and after posting career-highs in goals (47) and points (112) during the 1980-81 season, he earned a spot on the NHL All-Star second team. On April 3, 1995, Taylor’s jersey No. 18 was retired by Los Angeles.

Hull, 43, will return to the Stars in a new role after being named the special assistant to the president last season. He shared his former role with his NBC responsibilities as the in-studio analyst on the network’s NHL Game of the Week in 2006-07. Working with Armstrong and the hockey operations department on a daily basis, he will not return to NBC this season.

“I have always wanted to help a team win the Stanley Cup from the business side of things,” said Hull. “I am excited about this next challenge in my life and look forward to working with the entire hockey operations department on a deeper level.”

Following an illustrious 19-year NHL career, Hull retired in 2005, but not before he collected 741 goals, which is good for third place in NHL history. His 24 career playoff game-winning goals are tied with Wayne Gretzky for the most in NHL history, while his 33 career hat tricks rank four all-time and his 265 power play goals trail only Dave Andreychuk in the league annals. Hull scored 1,391 career regular season points (741 goals and 650 assists) and in 202 career NHL playoff games, tallied 103 goals (fourth most all-time) and 87 assists for 190 points, the sixth-highest scoring total in NHL history.

A member of the Dallas Stars for three seasons from 1998 – 2001, Hull helped lead the club to its Stanley Cup championship in 1999. In 218 games as a Star, he recorded 196 points (95 goals and 101 assists), and added 46 points (21 goals and 25 assists) in 55 Stanley Cup Playoff outings. Also winning the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2002, he appeared in eight NHL All-Star Games, won the Hart Trophy in 1991 as league MVP, and skated for Team USA at the Olympics in 1998 and in 2002.

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