Hockey Operations

Jim Nill

General Manager/Alternate Governor

Nill, 65, is in his 11th season with the Stars, having served as the team’s 11th general manager and sixth GM since moving to Dallas. During Nill's tenure, the Stars have amassed a record of 403-280-98 and have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in six seasons (2013-14, 2015-16, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2021-22 and 2022-23), including two trips to the Western Conference Final (2020, 2023) and an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final (2020). The longest serving general manager in franchise history, Nill became the first GM in team history to win the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award following the conclusion of the 2022-23 campaign, which recognizes the work of the top general manager in the NHL.

Last season, the Stars posted 108 points in the regular season with a record of 47-21-14, their highest point total since 2015-16. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the team advanced to the Western Conference Final for the second time in the past four seasons (2020). Nill began the 2022-23 campaign by bringing in new Head Coach Pete DeBoer, who became the second coach in NHL history to reach the Conference Finals with four different franchises during the Stars' 2023 postseason run. Prior to the start of the season, Nill extended the contracts of forward Jason Robertson and goaltender Jake Oettinger -- both of whom went on to post career-best seasons -- and acquired defenseman Nils Lundkvist via trade. Nill also signed forward Roope Hintz, the Stars' leading scorer in the 2023 postseason, to an eight-year contract extension in November before acquiring forwards Evgenii Dadonov and Max Domi ahead of the trade deadline, bolstering the team as it headed into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Since joining the Stars, Nill has dramatically re-shaped the team’s culture and roster with a series of trades and acquisitions. He began to make his mark on the club with key acquisitions of centers Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza and three-time Stanley Cup champion Patrick Sharp. After leading the team to regular-season Central Division and Western Conference championships in 2015-16, Nill was named a finalist for GM of the Year, marking his first career nomination. He'd continue to add more pieces over the next few seasons, including trading for goaltender Ben Bishop and signing right wing Alexander Radulov, goaltender Anton Khudobin and center Joe Pavelski, leading to a highlight season for the Stars in 2019-20. Following the NHL’s pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team traveled to the Edmonton bubble and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since the 2000-01 season and the fifth time in franchise history, ultimately losing in six games to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Nill's accomplishments and roster building during the 2019-20 campaign was recognized, as he was named a finalist for GM of the Year for the second time in his career. He has also used the NHL Draft to build the core for both the team's present and future, selecting standout players such as Hintz (2015), Miro Heiskanen (2017), Oettinger (2017), Robertson (2017), Ty Dellandrea (2018), Thomas Harley (2019) and Wyatt Johnston (2021).


A native of Hanna, Alberta, Nill joined the Red Wings’ front office in the summer of 1994 following three seasons with the Ottawa Senators. Previously, Nill enjoyed a nine-season NHL career as a right wing with the Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets and Red Wings. He collected 58 goals, 87 assists and 854 penalty minutes in 524 regular-season games. Nill later went to Adirondack as a player/coach, retiring as a player after the 1990-91 season. A member of the 1979-80 Canadian National and Olympic teams, he was originally selected by St. Louis in the fifth round (89th overall) of the 1978 NHL Draft.


Jim and his wife, Rebecca, reside in Frisco, Texas, and have three children: Jenna, Trevor and Kristin, and three grandchildren: Cael, Hazel and Lincoln.

Scott White

Assistant General Manager and Texas Stars General Manager

Scott White is in his ninth season as assistant general manager, while he also serves as the GM for the Texas Stars, Dallas’ development affiliate in the American Hockey League. The only GM in Texas Stars history, White was the architect behind the 2015 Calder Cup-winning club that set a franchise record with 48 wins, claiming the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the AHL’s regular-season points champion. He also manufactured the team’s second John D. Chick Trophy win (West Division champions) in 2018 as Texas again reached the Calder Cup Final. White was selected by Hockey Canada to serve as a member of the management group for Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2014 Deutschland Cup and 2014 Spengler Cup.

A member of the Stars organization since 2005, White, 55, previously served as a pro scout and director of minor league operations. He headed up the hockey department for the Iowa Stars, Dallas’ then primary affiliate, for three seasons. Prior to joining the Stars, he served as head coach of the Columbia Inferno of the ECHL for four seasons, qualifying for a playoff berth each year. He also guided Columbia to a Kelly Cup Final appearance in 2003 and finished with a 165-87-36 record with the Inferno. White also worked as an assistant coach with the ECHL's Greensboro Monarchs for a season and a half. In college, White played for Michigan Tech University from 1985-89 and was an assistant coach from 1995-99. He was inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.


White played five years of pro hockey from 1989-94, including three seasons with Greensboro, where he won the 1990 ECHL Championship and earned ECHL Defenseman of the Year and First-Team All-ECHL honors for the 1991-92 season. He signed with the Ottawa Senators in 1992 and played the entire season with the club’s AHL affiliate in New Haven, capturing team MVP honors with 54 points (10-44—54) in 80 games.


White and his wife, Kathy, have four children: Emily, Katie, William, Madelyn and three grandkids: Remi, Corbin and Cooper.

Mark Janko

Assistant General Manager

Mark Janko is in his 24th season with the Dallas Stars and his eighth as assistant general manager. Janko has spent the past 15 seasons in hockey operations after previously working in the Stars' public relations department for eight years. In his current role, Janko is primarily responsible for player and staff contract negotiations and has played an integral role in the construction and framing of the contracts for several of the team’s core players including Jamie Benn, Miro Heiskanen, Roope Hintz, Esa Lindell, Jake Oettinger, Jason Robertson and Tyler Seguin.

Additionally, Janko oversees all preseason and regular-season scheduling, Collective Bargaining Agreement compliance, cap and budget management, salary arbitration, strategic planning and works closely with Dallas’ scouting staff, with an emphasis on the professional level. Along with Jim Nill, he created and now oversees both an analytics department and mental health division and serves as the team’s liaison for all player transactions with NHL’s Central Registry.


Janko, 47, joined the Stars in 1999 after serving in the media relations department for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim during the 1998-99 season. A native of Mission Viejo, California, Janko graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in communications in 1998. He and his wife, Jessica, their daughters, Reese and Hayden, and son, Carson, reside in Highland Village, Texas.

Rich Peverley

Director of Player Personnel

Rich Peverley is in his ninth season with the Stars and his third as director of player personnel. In his current role, Peverley works alongside the club's hockey operations management team of general manager Jim Nill, assistant general manager and Texas Stars GM 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 is also heavily involved in professional and amateur scouting, as well as player development.

Peverley, 41, played nine seasons in the National Hockey League, spending time with Nashville, Atlanta, Boston and Dallas. He finished his career having tallied 241 points (84-157—241), including 20 game-winning goals, in 442 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. Prior to breaking into the NHL, Peverley went undrafted after playing four seasons of college hockey with St. Lawrence (ECAC). Peverley skated in 138 games for the Saints, registering 117 points (44-73—117).


A native of Guelph, Ontario, Peverley currently resides in his native Ontario 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 for AED purchases and training in the community, as well as CPR training.

Joe McDonnell

Director, Amateur Scouting

Joe McDonnell is in his 11th season as director of amateur scouting for the Stars. In his role, McDonnell oversees all facets of the team’s amateur scouting operations, including running the Stars' efforts at the NHL Draft, while working closely with GM Jim Nill and his staff. Among players McDonnell has drafted in the first round include Miro Heiskanen, Jake Oettinger, Ty Dellandrea, Thomas Harley, Mavrik Bourque, Wyatt Johnston and Lian Bichsel.

McDonnell was a member of the Detroit Red Wings organization for 18 years, winning four Stanley Cups (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008). He was appointed the club’s director of amateur scouting in 2003 and served in that role until he joined the Stars. He was hired as an amateur scout by Detroit in 1995 and was an integral part in drafting Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Valtteri Filppula, Jimmy Howard and Johan Franzen, amongst others.


The Kitchener, Ontario, native played professional hockey for seven seasons, including three in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins. In 50 career NHL contests, he recorded 12 points (2-10—12) and 34 penalty minutes. Additionally, McDonnell served as head coach of the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) from 1986-95, qualifying for the postseason in each of his nine seasons.

Craig Bonner

Head Professional Scout

Craig Bonner is in his eighth season with the Stars having served as a professional scout since joining the team's front office in 2015-16. In his expanded role as head professional scout, Bonner coordinates the
club's professional scouting initiatives, including covering the NHL, American Hockey League (AHL) and European pro tournaments. Prior to joining Dallas, Bonner spent seven years as vice president of hockey operations/general manager of the Western Hockey League's Kamloops Blazers beginning in the 2008-09 season.

A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Bonner, 51, played three seasons of professional hockey from 1993-96. The former defenseman appeared in 12 career AHL games with Syracuse, recording one assist, 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 games. After his retirement from hockey following the 1995-96 season, Bonner returned to Kamloops, serving as an assistant coach for five seasons before joining the Vancouver Giants (WHL) as assistant general manager and assistant coach in 2002-03. Bonner won a Memorial Cup with Kamloops as a player in 1992 and as an assistant coach/assistant GM in 2007.