Scott White was hired as the first general manager of the Texas Stars Hockey Club of the American Hockey League on November 19, 2008. He was instrumental in building the club’s inaugural season roster, which made a run to the 2010 Calder Cup Finals, and the team’s 2014 Calder Cup Championship roster. On May 31, 2013, White was promoted to director of hockey operations for the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars, 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 operations 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 from 2001-2005. White guided the Inferno to the playoffs each year he coached the club, including the 2003 Kelly Cup Final, and finished with a 165-87-36 record (.635) over his four seasons. In Columbia, he was responsible for all the club’s hockey operation activities, including recruiting, scouting, and all roster transactions. Prior to his head coaching experience, White worked as an assistant coach with the Greensboro Monarchs (ECHL) for a season and a half, and was an assistant coach at Michigan Tech University, his alma mater, 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 contests. 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.
During his tenure as general manager, the Texas Stars have compiled an all-time record of 209-136-18-25 in the regular season, four postseason appearances in five years, two Calder Cup Final appearances, and the 2014 Calder Cup Championship.
White resides in Frisco with his wife Kathy. They have four children: Emily, Katie, William and Madelyn.
Laxdal, 48, joins the Stars after concluding a four-year stretch (2010-2014) as head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Edmonton Oil Kings, highlighted by winning the 2014 Memorial Cup as Canadian Hockey League champions. During his final campaign in Edmonton, Laxdal guided his team to a 50-19-3 record and the Ed Chynoweth Cup as playoff champions of the WHL – the second of his career after claiming the honor in 2012. In his four seasons with the Oil Kings, Laxdal led the club to three 50-win seasons and finished with an overall record of 182-82-23.
Laxdal returns for a second stint with the NHL’s Dallas Stars organization. He spent five seasons (2005-2010) as the head coach of Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads, and won the 2007 Kelly Cup in five games over the Dayton Bombers. Laxdal guided the Steelheads to a 219-108-35 record during his tenure as head coach, winning 40 or more games and qualifying for the postseason in each of his five years behind the bench. The Steelheads made a return trip to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2010, falling to the Cincinnati Cyclones in five games.
His coaching career began in 2002 as a midseason replacement for the Central Hockey League’s Wichita Thunder. In the following two seasons, Laxdal guided the Thunder to a playoff semifinal appearance each year and a combined regular season record of 75-41-8 before shifting his career to Idaho.
Laxdal was an eighth-round draft pick (151st overall) of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He spent parts of six NHL seasons with the Leafs and the New York Islanders, tallying 19 points (12 goals, seven assists) in 67 career games. His professional playing career spanned 15 years, and Laxdal appeared in 356 contests at the AHL level – compiling 230 points (108 goals, 122 assists). He won the 1990 Calder Cup as a member of the AHL’s Springfield Indians, and also claimed the 1997 B&H Cup with the Nottingham Panthers of the British Ice Hockey Superleague (BISL).
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 2005-2011 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 the 1998 University Cup championship, their 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 over four seasons 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.
Before joining the Texas Stars, he spent four years with the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers from 2005-2009 and was selected to work the 2009 ECHL 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.