The Dallas Stars today announced the promotions of three key front office members. Les Jackson was named Senior Advisor to General Manager Jim Nill, while Scott White and Mark Janko will fill Jackson’s former role and serve as Nill’s right hand men, having each been named Assistant General Manager.
Jackson, whose time with the organization extends all the way back to their North Stars days, will move to more of a “big picture” role in his new position, working closely with the GM and overseeing much of the team’s operations. A veteran of 29 years with the Stars, there is perhaps no one who understands the ins and outs of the team more than Jackson.
White has more than earned his promotion, having worked as both the Director of Hockey Operations in Dallas for the past three years and as the General Manager of the AHL-affiliate Texas Stars as well. Having led both teams to success – a Calder Cup championship for Texas in 2o14 and a Central Division title for Dallas in 2016 – White will now get the chance to work directly with Nill and have his input heard on all manners of player evaluation and acquisition.
Janko, the former Director of Hockey Administration for the Stars, has been working in Dallas for the past 17 seasons, with the last eight spent in operations. He will continue to play a major role in negotiations and communications, but will see his responsibilities expand even further in his new position as Assistant GM.