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Joe McDonnell

Director, Amateur Scouting

Joe McDonnell begins his third 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 General Manager Jim Nill and his staff. McDonnell has drafted Valeri Nichushkin, Julius Honka and Jason Dickinson with his three first round selections since 2013.


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, Ont. 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.

Kari Takko

Director, European Scouting

Kari Takko begins his 16th season with the Dallas Stars as the Director of European scouting. In his role with the club, Takko is responsible for both professional and amateur scouting in Europe, working closely with Director of amateur scouting, Joe McDonnell, and European scouts Rickard Oquist, Jiri Hrdina and Evgueni Tsybouk.

The native of Uusikaupunki, Finland has been responsible for helping draft NHL players such as John Klingberg, Valeri Nichushkin, Jyrki Jokipakka, Patrik Nemeth, Loui Eriksson and Nicklas Grossmann.

Originally selected with the 97th overall pick in the 1984 NHL Draft by the Minnesota North Stars, Takko appeared in 131 games over six seasons with the Stars organization. Takko represented Finland numerous times on the international stage, including the 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo. He helped lead Finland to a silver medal at the 1981 IIHF World Junior Championship in West Germany and a bronze medal at the 1982 IIHF World Junior Championship in North America.

Paul McIntosh

Head Professional Scout

Paul McIntosh enters his 15th season with the Dallas Stars organization and his fifth as the club's Head professional scout. McIntosh served as a professional scout in the ten seasons prior. In his expanded role, McIntosh coordinates the club's professional scouting initiatives, including covering the NHL, AHL, and European and college tournaments.

Prior to joining the Stars, McIntosh served as General Manager of the London Knights (OHL) from 1995-2000. He was named CHL Executive of the Year following the 1997-98 season, as the Knights improved from a 13-51-2 record in 1996-97 to 40-21-5 in 1997-98, capturing their first division title in eight years. The following season of 1998-99 saw London advance to the OHL Championship, with the team falling to the Belleville Bulls in seven games.

The Listowel, Ont. native played professional hockey for six seasons including two stints with the Buffalo Sabres in the 1974-75 and 1975-76 seasons. In 48 career NHL contests, he recorded two assists (0-2=2) and 66 penalty minutes. After retiring, McIntosh coached the London Knights from 1980-83 and then again in an interim role during the 1996-97 season.