Hockey Operations Staff:
Scott White - General Manager & Dallas Stars Assistant General Manager
Scott White was hired as the first general manager of the AHL’s Texas Stars on November 19, 2008, and has served in that capacity over the club’s seven-year existence. In May 2013, he was promoted to Dallas’ director of hockey operations, while continuing his role with Texas. Under his guidance, the Texas Stars have compiled an all-time regular season record of 289-183-39-29, six postseason appearances, two Calder Cup Final appearances and one Calder Cup Championship.
White was the architect behind the 2013-14 Calder Cup-winning team that set a franchise-record 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. He was also instrumental in building the 2009-10 inaugural season team that made a run to the Calder Cup Final.
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. 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 operations activities, including recruiting, scouting and roster transactions. White also 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. Three of those seasons were with Greensboro where he won the 1990 ECHL Championship and earned ECHL Defensemen of the Year and First-Team All-ECHL honors in 1991-92. 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 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 (eight goals, 32 assists) in 41 playoff games.
White and his wife, Kathy, have four children: Emily, Katie, William and Madelyn.
Derek Laxdal - Head Coach
Derek Laxdal was named the fourth head coach in Texas Stars franchise history on July 3, 2014, to begin his American Hockey League head coaching career. In his first two seasons behind the bench for Texas, Laxdal guided the club to an 80-47-21-4 record and a pair of playoff appearances. Laxdal has made 13 consecutive trips to the postseason, and recorded 11 40-win seasons, in his 14-year head coaching career.
Laxdal joined the Texas 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 coaching the Oil Kings, Laxdal led the club to three 50-win seasons and finished with an overall record of 182-82-23.
He is currently in his second stint with the NHL’s Dallas Stars organization as he previously spent five seasons (2005-2010) as the head coach of Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads, and won the 2007 Kelly Cup. 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 Final in 2010, but fell 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 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).
Karl Taylor - Assistant Coach
Karl Taylor was named the assistant coach of the Texas Stars in July 2014 after completing a successful run with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. In two seasons with the Texas Stars, he helped guide the team to an 80-47-21-4 record and a pair of playoff appearances.
In his only season as an assistant with the Winterhawks, Taylor helped guide the team to a 54-13-5 record, finishing second overall in the WHL. Portland advanced to the 2014 WHL finals, where they lost in seven games to the Edmonton Oil Kings. Joining the Stars organization marks a return to the American Hockey League for Taylor, who served as an assistant with the Chicago Wolves in 2011-12. During that season, the Wolves claimed the Midwest Division title with a 42-27-4-3 record.
Before moving to the AHL, Taylor spent six seasons as a head coach in the ECHL overseeing the ECHL’s Reading Royals (2005-2008) and Ontario Reign (2008-2011), and posted 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 OUA West Coach of the Year.
As a skater, Taylor played three seasons (1988-1991) 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, posting 64 points (12 goals, 52 assists) and 113 penalty minutes in 116 CIAU games.
Sean Andrake - Video Coach
Sean Andrake was hired as the Texas Stars’ Video Coach in August 2016, and enters his seventh season overall in professional hockey. Texas will be the fifth AHL team Andrake has worked for in his career. Last season, he was the Video Coach for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and has also handled video duties for the Albany Devils, Worchester Sharks and Portland Pirates between 2011 and 2014.
Andrake also brings NHL experience with him to Cedar Park having worked for the New Jersey Devils, Phoenix Coyotes and New York Rangers earlier in his career. He also spent time managing the video efforts for USA Hockey’s Women’s National Team and the NCAA’s Hockey East Conference.
Andrake is a 2011 graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Kinesiology, and also served as a student manager for the men’s hockey team.
Equipment & Training Staff
Asst. Equipment Manager