July 25, 2006
DALLAS STARS SIGN GENERAL MANAGER
DOUG ARMSTRONG TO THREE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION
Armstrong To Be With Team Through 2010-2011 Season
FRISCO, Tex. -- Dallas Stars Owner Thomas O. Hicks announced today that General Manager Doug Armstrong has signed a three-year contract extension to keep him with the Stars through the 2010-2011 season. Armstrong's previous contract was set to expire following the 2007-2008 campaign.
"We've won seven division titles in the last nine years and have made the playoffs in 10 of the 12 seasons that the Stars have been in Dallas. A big reason for that success comes from the stability among top management of the organization, which started with Bob Gainey and has continued with Doug Armstrong," said Hicks. "Players know that when they play for the Dallas Stars that they are going to win. Doug has done an outstanding job in maintaining a level of excellence and has built a competitive roster over the last two summers in the new salary cap era."
Armstrong, 41, will be entering his fifth year as general manager for the Stars and will begin his 16th year with the organization. Over his tenure as the team's general manager, Dallas has earned the third-most regular season points in the National Hockey League (320), the third most wins (140) and the second most home wins (82). Only Detroit and Ottawa have more points and wins over that time span and only the Red Wings have more home wins. Additionally, the Stars have won two Pacific Division championships over his three seasons with those coming in 2002-03 and in 2005-06.
"I've worked with Doug Armstrong every day and it has been a pleasure," said Stars President Jim Lites. "Watching his intelligence and creativity in dealing with the salary cap over the last year has been impressive. The combination of Tom Hicks as owner and Doug Armstrong as general manager gives this hockey club the foundation to win now and for years to come."
Through his first 278 games as general manager, Armstrong has helped the Stars post a 153-84-41 record for a .624 points percentage. Of the other six general managers in team history, nobody comes close to his record through their first 278 games.
A native of Sarnia, Ontario, Armstrong is the son of NHL Hall of Fame linesman Neil Armstrong who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.
STARS SIGN ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER LES JACKSON TO FOUR-YEAR DEAL
The Stars also announced today that the hockey club has signed Assistant General Manager Les Jackson to a four-year contract through the 2009-2010 season.
"Les Jackson has been an integral part of the success of this franchise for a number of years and I am very pleased that the organization will continue to benefit from his knowledge and experience for the next four years," said Armstrong.
Jackson is set to enter the sixth season of his second stint with the Stars after spending the previous two campaigns as the assistant general manger of the Atlanta Thrashers. Jackson's primary responsibility is in the management and development of the Stars' amateur and professional scouting program, and the evaluation of players as it relates to movement within the organization including the entry draft, trades and free agent signings. Jackson also aids in the evaluation and development of the Stars' minor league prospects.
Prior to joining the Thrashers in September of 1998, Jackson spent 13 years with the Stars' organization, and made the move with the franchise from Minnesota to Dallas. Jackson, 52, served in a variety of roles for the Stars, including assistant general manager from 1993-98.