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Coaches & Managers

HOCKEY OPERATIONS

Scott White - General Manager / Dallas Stars Director of Hockey Operations >

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Scott White was hired as the first general manager of the Texas Stars Hockey Club of the AHL on November 19, 2008. He was instrumental in building the Texas Stars 2009-10 inaugural season team, which made a run to the 2010 Calder Cup Finals. On May 31, 2013, White was promoted to director of hockey operations, while retaining his role as the Texas Stars general manager. A member of the Dallas Stars organization since 2005, White 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, and prior to joining the Stars organization, served as head coach of the Columbia Inferno of the ECHL for four seasons. White guided Columbia to a Kelly Cup Finals appearance in 2003 and the Inferno made the playoffs every year with him at the helm. He finished with a 165-87-36 record (.635) 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 1994-1999.

White played five years of professional hockey from 1989-1994, 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 American Hockey League affiliate in New Haven, capturing team MVP honors after scoring 54 points (10 goals, 44 assists) in 80 games. The Quebec native finished his professional career with 235 points (55 goals, 180 assists) in 190 regular season games and 40 points (8 goals, 32 assists) in 41 playoff games. Drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the sixth round (117th overall) of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, White played four years of NCAA Division I college hockey for the Michigan Tech Huskies of the WCHA. In 154 career NCAA games he scored 93 points (20 goals, 73 assists) and had 184 penalty minutes. 

White resides in Frisco with his wife Kathy. They have four children: Emily, Katie, William and Madelyn.

Derek Laxdal - Head Coach >

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Derek Laxdal was named the fourth head coach of the Texas Stars on July 3, 2014. Laxdal, 48, previously served as head coach of the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for four seasons. During the 2013-14 regular season, Edmonton posted the top record in the Eastern Conference with a 50-19-3 record. Under Laxdal's guidance, the team claimed the Ed Chynoweth Cup as the playoff champions of the WHL, their second under his leadership after also claiming the Cup in 2012. Laxdal and the Oil Kings capped off their tremendous season by capturing the 2014 Memorial Cup as the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Champions. In his four seasons as Edmonton's head coach, he led the team to three, 50-win campaigns and an overall record of 182-83-23.

Prior to his stint with Edmonton, Laxdal served as head coach for Dallas' ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads, for five seasons, posting 40-win seasons each campaign and an overall 219-108-35 regular season record. He also helped the team qualify for the playoffs each season, made two ECHL Final appearances, and in 2007, won the Kelly Cup as the victor of the ECHL championship.

The native of Stonewall, Manitoba began his head coaching career with the Wichita Thunder in the CHL. He spent three seasons in Wichita from 2002-03 to 2004-05 where he led the team to playoff appearances two times, compiling an 87-58-8 regular-season record as their head coach.

In total, Laxdal's teams have qualified for the playoffs in 11 of 12 seasons, posted a .600 points percentage nine times, advanced to the league final five times, and won three championships in two different leagues.

Laxdal was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the eighth round (151st overall) of the 1984 NHL Draft and played parts of six seasons with Toronto and the New York Islanders, compiling 19 points (12-7=19) in 67 career NHL contests.

Karl Taylor - Assistant Coach >

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​Karl Taylor was named the assistant coach of the Texas Stars on July 8, 2014. Taylor, 43, previously served as the assistant coach of the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the 2013-14 season. He helped lead Portland to a 54-13-5 record, finishing second in the WHL with 113 points during the regular season. In the postseason, the Winterhawks advanced to the WHL Finals as the 2014 WHL Western Conference champions, where they lost to head coach Derek Laxdal (now the Texas’ head coach) and the Edmonton Oil Kings in seven games.

Prior to joining Portland in 2013, Taylor spent the 2011-12 season as assistant coach with the Chicago Wolves (AHL). During his time in Chicago, the club won the Midwest Division posting a 42-27-7 record during the regular season. Before moving to the AHL, Taylor spent six seasons as a head coach in the ECHL from 2005-11 with the Reading Royals (2005-08) and the Ontario Reign (2008-11), posting an all-time record of 208-181-44 with the two clubs.

Taylor began his coaching career as an assistant coach for his alma mater, the University of New Brunswick of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), for two seasons (1996-1998), helping the Varsity Reds win a silver medal in 1997 and to win the 1998 University Cup championship, the first in school history. He then served as the head coach of Red Deer College of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) for three years (2000-2003), followed by two seasons as head coach of the University of Waterloo (2003-2005) of CIS. During his second year at Waterloo, Taylor was named the 2004-05 CIS Coach of the Year.

As a skater, Taylor played three seasons (1988-1991) of major junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League with the Windsor Spitfires, London Knights and North Bay Centennials. In 137 career OHL games he had 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) and 98 penalty minutes. Taylor then played four and a half season of Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union (CIAU) hockey for the University of New Brunswick. He posted 64 points (12 goals, 52 assists) and 113 penalty minutes in 116 CIAU games.

Jason Wallace - ATC, MS – Certified Athletic Trainer >

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Jason Wallace joined the Dallas Stars organization as the certified athletic trainer for the Texas Stars on August 8, 2013.

Wallace spent the past three seasons as the athletic trainer for the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League (CHL), winning the 2013 Ray Miron President’s Cup as the CHL champions. Prior to joining Allen, he worked for the Flint Generals (IHL) from 2008-2010 and the Huntsville Havoc (SPHL) from 2006-08. Wallace also worked in arenafootball2 for three seasons with the Tennessee Valley Vipers (2006-2008), winning ArenaCup IX as the 2008 af2 champions.

The Belleville, Mich., native earned both his bachelor and master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1997-2001 prior to attending college.

Wallace resides in Cedar Park with his wife Jessica. He has a daughter, Brittany, and a son, Cade, who reside in Michigan.

Brian Garcia - Head Equipment Manager >

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Brian Garcia enters his fifth season as the head equipment manager for the Texas Stars and his 13th season in professional hockey.

Prior to joining the Texas Stars, he spent the four years with the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers from 2005-09. The ECHL selected Garcia to work the 2009 All-Star Game in Reading, Pa. The Covina, Calif., native worked four seasons (2001-2005) with the Long Beach Ice Dogs (ECHL) as an assistant equipment manager prior to moving to Las Vegas.

Garcia resides in Austin.

Jorge Lopez - Assistant Equipment Manager >

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Jorge Lopez enters his second season as the Texas Stars assistant equipment manager and his sixth season in professional hockey.

Prior to joining the Stars, Lopez served as the head equipment manager for the Laredo Bucks of the CHL in 2011-12 and held the same title with the Huntsville Havoc of the SPHL during the 2010-11 season.  The Laredo, Texas native spent his first two years in pro hockey (2008-2010) as the assistant equipment manager for his hometown Bucks (CHL).

Lopez resides in Cedar Park with his wife Jasmine and their dog Madison.

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