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Jim Nill

General Manager

Now in his fourth season as general manager of the Dallas Stars, Jim Nill guided the team to the 2015-16 Central Division title for its first division title since the 2005-06 season. The Stars also earned the top playoff seed in the West in 2015-16 as the team's 50-23-9 record (109 points) led the Western Conference during the regular season. Nill, who was appointed to the position on April 29, 2013 by owner and governor, Tom Gaglardi, is the 11th general manager in franchise history and the sixth since the team moved to Dallas.

Since joining the Stars, Nill has dramatically re-shaped the team's culture and roster with a series of trades and acquisitions. In the summer of 2013, he hired veteran coach Lindy Ruff to serve as the team's head coach and acquired young superstar center, Tyler Seguin, in a blockbuster, seven-player deal with the Boston Bruins. Seeing the need for continued depth at the center position, Nill once again made headlines in the 2014 offseason by bringing in center Jason Spezza via trade with Ottawa to give the Stars one of the most dynamic one-two combinations in the NHL. In 2015, he acquired three-time Stanley Cup champion Patrick Sharp in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks and signed free agent defenseman Johnny Oduya and goaltender Antti Niemi. And 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.

At the end of the 2014-15 season, Nill was named general manager of Canada's National Team for the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic and constructed a roster that captured the gold medal at the tournament. Under his leadership, Team Canada touted a perfect 10-0 record and featured Dallas Stars players Tyler Seguin, Cody Eakin and Jason Spezza, who was named the top forward of the tournament by the IIHF directorate. Previously, Nill has won gold medals when he served as general manager for Team Canada at the 2004 IIHF World Championship and as assistant general manager at the 2003 IIHF World Championship.

Prior to joining the Stars, Nill spent a total of 19 seasons as a member of the Detroit Red Wings management team, the last 15 of those as the team's assistant general manager. His responsibilities with Detroit included directing the amateur scouting department, overseeing all selections at the NHL Draft, as well as managing the development of the organization's prospects at both the professional and amateur levels. During Nill's tenure in Detroit, the Red Wings had more wins than any other franchise in the National Hockey League, won four Stanley Cups (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008), six Presidents' Trophies (1995, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008), 12 Central Division titles (1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011), seven regular season Western Conference titles (1995, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008), and never missed the playoffs. He was an integral part of Detroit's drafting of Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Valtteri Filppula, Jimmy Howard and Johan Franzen, amongst others.

The Hanna, Alta., native 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 a fifth-round pick of the St. Louis Blues (89th overall) in the 1978 NHL Draft.

Jim and his wife, Rebecca, reside in Frisco, Texas and have three children: Jenna, Trevor and Kristin, and one grandchild: Cael.

Les Jackson

Senior Advisor to the General Manager

Les Jackson is in his 29th season with the Stars, dating back to the club's days in Minnesota. Entering his first season as senior advisor to the general manager, Jackson will be responsible for observing and evaluating talent from the amateur and professional ranks all around the world and will serve as counsel regarding the draft, free agency and trades.

Jackson, 63, is widely respected as one of the best talent evaluators in hockey, having helped build 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, 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 tenure, the Stars have selected future NHL stars such as Mike Modano, Derian Hatcher, Jere Lehtinen, Jarome Iginla, Marty Turco, Brenden Morrow, Jamie Benn, John Klingberg, Valeri Nichushkin and Loui Eriksson among others.

Jackson, a native of Manning, Alta., was drafted by the Boston Bruins in 1972 and played two seasons in the minors prior to his career as a hockey executive. His minor professional coaching career included stints in Billings and Great Falls, Mont., Tucson, Ariz. and New Westminster and Revelstoke, B.C. He also spent five years as assistant coach and general manager of the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings.

Scott White

Assistant General Manager/Texas Stars General Manager

Scott White is in his first season as assistant general manager, having spent the previous three seasons as the team's director of hockey operations. He also serves as the General Manager for the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). He was the architect behind the 2014-15 Calder Cup-winning Texas Stars, a team that set a franchise record with 48 wins, claiming the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the AHL's regular-season points champion, as well as the John D. Chick Trophy as the West Division champions. 

The only General Manager in the history of the Texas Stars Hockey Club, 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 Dallas Stars organization since 2005, White, 48, previously served as a professional 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 organization, 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 (.635) in over four seasons with the Inferno. In Columbia, he was responsible for all the club's hockey operation activities, including recruiting, scouting, trades and roster moves. White worked as an assistant coach with the Greensboro Monarchs (ECHL) for a season and a half, and was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Michigan Tech University, from 1994-99.

White played five years of professional 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 developmental affiliate in New Haven, capturing team MVP honors after posting 54 points (10-44=54) in 80 games. The Quebec native finished his professional career with 235 points (55-180=235) in 190 regular-season games and 40 points (8-32=40) in 41 postseason games.

White and his wife, Kathy, have four children: Emily, Katie, William, Madelyn and one grandson, Corbin.

Mark Janko

Assistant General Manager

Mark Janko is in his 17th season with the Dallas Stars organization, and his first as assistant general manager. Janko has spent the past eight seasons in Hockey Operations after previously working in the Stars public relations department for eight years. Janko is currently responsible for player and staff contract negotiations, 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. He also serves as the team's liaison for all player transactions with NHL's Central Registry. 

Janko, 40, joined the Stars in 1999 after serving in the media relations department for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim during the 1998-99 season. A 1998 graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in communications, Janko is a native of Mission Viejo, Calif. He and his wife, Jessica, their daughters, Reese and Hayden, and son, Carson, reside in Highland Village, Texas.

J.J. McQueen

Player Development Coordinator

J.J. McQueen is in his 22nd season with the Dallas Stars organization. His current job duties as Player Development Coordinator include monitoring all Dallas Stars prospects, both at the amateur and professional levels, as well as coordinating Dallas' annual Development Camp in July. Prior to moving into his current role, McQueen spent 18 season as the club's Strength and Conditioning Coach.

He previously spent 10 years with the three-time Memorial Cup champion Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League as a strength and conditioning coach and scout. McQueen graduated from the Canadian Forces School of Physical Education and Recreation in 1974 and spent 21 years with the Canadian Army as a Phys-Ed instructor. McQueen also served as head coach for both the soccer and wrestling teams at Canada's Royal Roads Military College.

McQueen resides in Coppell, Texas with his wife, Claudia, and their daughter, Erin.

Rich Peverley

Player Development Coordinator

Rich Peverley is in his second season as Player Development Coordinator for the Dallas Stars. In his new role with the team, Peverley will monitor the development of drafted Dallas Stars prospects, with an emphasis on the amateur level, and will assist J.J. McQueen in the coordination of Dallas' summer Development Camp.

Peverley 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 League, Peverley went undrafted after splaying 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 Kingston, Ont., 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 AED purchases and training in the community, as well as CPR training.

Mike Valley

Director of Goaltending Development

Mike Valley is in his second season as Director of Goaltending Development for the Dallas Stars. He spent the previous seven seasons as the club's goaltending coach. Valley served as an assistant goaltending coach for the Nashville Predators during the 2008-09 season, and also worked as a goaltending coach for the men's hockey team at the University of Wisconsin, his alma mater.

Valley played six years of professional hockey (1998-04) after initially being signed as a free agent by the Vancouver Canucks following his sophomore year of college. His career includes stints in the AHL, ECHL and Swedish Elite League. In 2005, he returned to the University of Wisconsin to complete his bachelor's degree in communication science and rhetorical studies. Valley is originally from Richmond, B.C.

   

Jason Rademan is in his eighth season as director of team services for the Dallas Stars and his 13th overall for the club. He has previously served in several capacities for the Stars media relations staff, including most recently as the head of the department during the 2012-13 season.

Rademan worked with the Chinese national basketball team during their pre-Olympics training camp in North Texas in 2004. He came to the Stars after spending a year in the University of Oklahoma's athletic media relations department from 2001-02, and worked in the Orlando Magic's PR staff during the 2000-01 NBA season.

Rademan, 37, graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. While at Penn State, Rademan was a student athletic trainer for the Nittany Lions football team and a sports writer for The Daily Collegian. 

Samantha Hatcher is in her third season as Executive Assistant of Hockey Operations for the Dallas Stars and her third overall for the club. She has previously served as the Business Operations Assistant, and as an Account Executive, New Business Development.

Hatcher, 25, graduated as a Distinguished College Scholar from the University of Texas in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Corporate Communications from the College of Communication, and a certificate in Business Foundations through the McCombs School of Business.

    

Dave Zeis returns as head athletic trainer in his 10th season with the Dallas Stars. Prior to that, he spent seven seasons as a head athletic trainer in the ECHL. Dave has been certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association since 1995.

Zeis earned a bachelor of science degree from SUNY Brockport in New York where he also played collegiate hockey. He also worked at University Sports Medicine at the University of Buffalo from 1993-95 as a clinical therapist and research coordinator.

Zeis and his wife, Michelle, live in Prosper, Texas with their son, Brendon.

Craig Lowry is in his 14th season with the Stars and his seventh as associate athletic trainer. Lowry served as head athletic trainer for four seasons with Dallas' then-American Hockey League affiliates in Utah (2003-04) and Iowa (2005-08). He was also part of the Stars' Stanley Cup championship team in 1999.

Lowry earned a bachelor's degree from Abilene Christian University and a master's degree from Central State University in Edmond, Okla. Lowry worked as the assistant athletic trainer for the Amsterdam Admirals in the World League of American Football and as the head athletic trainer for the Rhein Fire, also in the WLAF. Lowry resides in his native Dallas with his wife, Toni. They have three children: Matthew, Spencer and Morgan.

Steve Sumner is in his 12th season as head equipment manager and his 15th season with the Stars, serving his first four years with the team as assistant equipment manager. Prior to coming to Dallas, Sumner spent six years as the equipment manager with the Houston Aeros of the International Hockey League, where he was a part of the club's 1999 Turner Cup championship. Sumner has also served on the equipment staffs for the St. Louis Blues and the Dallas Freeze of the CHL. He is a member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association. Sumner and his wife, April, and their daughters, Sierra and Taylor, reside in Lewisville, Texas.

    

Dennis Soetaert is in his 11th season with the Dallas Stars and his sixth as assistant equipment manager. He spent the first four seasons (2006-10) with the club as equipment assistant. Before joining the Stars, Soetaert, 33, spent two seasons as head equipment manager of the Columbia Inferno in the ECHL and one with the Florence Pride, also in the ECHL. As assistant equipment manager with the AHL Houston Aeros, Soetaert was a part of the club's 2003 Calder Cup championship squad. Soetaert is a native of White Plains, N.Y. and currently resides in Plano, Texas.

Ryan Martin begins his first season as equipment assistant for the Stars. Martin spent the past six seasons as head equipment managers for the ECHL's Greenville Swamp Rabbits. He was named the ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year for the 2011-12 season. Before joining Greenville in 2010-11, Martin served as the assistant equipment manager for the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League for three seasons. Prior to Houston, he spent the 2006-07 season with the ECHL's Dayton Bombers, volunteering as the assistant equipment manager. Martin is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and currently resides in Frisco.

Brad Jellis is in his sixth season as the team's strength and conditioning coach after spending the 2010-11 season as the club's assistant strength coach and rehabilitation therapist. During the 2009-10 season, Jellis was the head athletic trainer for the Texas Stars in their inaugural season in the AHL. He spent the previous two years working with Dallas' ECHL Affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads, as the head of the training department. From 2005-07, Jellis also worked as the head athletic trainer for the ECHL's Fresno Falcons.

The Creston, B.C. native obtained his master's degree in sports science in 2004. Prior to attending Bemidji State, Jellis graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2002 with a degree in athletic training. Jellis resides in Frisco, Texas with his wife, Robin, and son, Hudson.

Daniel Garcia begins his first season as the club's massage therapist. He joins the Stars after having spent the last 21 years providing care in the DFW area, including working for the past 12 years with the Southern Methodist University's Sports Medicine department. During that span, Garcia has also spent the last three years working with EXOS, a sports agency specializing in athletic development and recovery. Additionally, he has treated a number of professional athletes nationwide, such as PGA tour golfers, collegiate and high school athletes and body building champions.

The Dallas native is an Active Release Techniques instructor and provider, and has earned certifications in Biomechanics Performance Care and Nerve Entrapment, in addition to being a Complex Protocols and Active Palpation with SFMA specialist.