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 eight-year existence. In the summer of 2016, he was promoted to assistant general manager of the Dallas Stars while continuing his role with Texas. Under his guidance, the Texas Stars have compiled an all-time regular season record of 323-220-85-42, 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, claimed the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the AHL’s regular season points champion, and won 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, director of minor league operations, and the director of hockey 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 yearss, 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 of 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 three seasons behind the bench for Texas, Laxdal guided the club to an 114-84-22-8 record and a pair of playoff appearances. In his 15-year head-coaching career overall, Laxdal has made 13 trips to the postseason and recorded 11 40-win seasons.
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).
Neil Graham - Assistant Coach
Neil Graham was hired as assistant coach of the Texas Stars on July 8, 2019 and joins the team for his first stint of coaching at the AHL level.
Graham, 34, spent the last four seasons as the head coach of the Idaho Steelheads, the ECHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars. Over that span, he amassed a 166-91-31 record in 288 regular-season contests and led Idaho to three consecutive 40-win seasons. Graham guided the Steelheads to the Kelly Cup Playoffs in all four of his campaigns as head coach, recording a 14-20 record in 34 postseason games. He helped continue the club's streak of qualifying for the postseason in each of last 22 seasons, which is the longest active postseason streak in professional hockey. Prior to being appointed head coach on Aug. 7, 2015, he was named as Idaho's full-time assistant coach during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons after serving as a player/coach for the 2012-13 campaign.
The Calgary, Alberta native is a graduate of Mercyhurst University where he played hockey for four seasons before turning pro, recording 60 points (23-37=60) and 128 penalty minutes over 137 games. He split three seasons between the ECHL and Southern Professional Hockey League, scoring 98 points (42-56=98) in 113 professional games.
Matt Rodell - Video Coach
Matt Rodell enters his first season as the Texas Stars’ Video Coach and has been involved in professional and junior hockey since 2012. For the past four seasons, Rodell has worked on the hockey operations staff for the OHL’s Soo Greyhounds, beginning as a Hockey Operations Assistant in 2014 before earning a promotion in 2016 to Video Coach and Manager of Advanced Analytics. During the entirety of his tenure with the Greyhounds, Rodell also held the title of Manager of Ticket Sales and Marketing with the organization’s front office.
Rodell previously worked for the Dallas Stars during the 2013-2014 season as an Inside Sales Representative. Before joining the Stars organization, he attended Brock University and earned his Sport Management degree in 2013. Rodell also attended the University of Tennessee as an international student. While earning his degree, Rodell served as an intern for the Knoxville Ice Bears (2011-2012) and with the Greyhounds (2012-2013).
Equipment & Training Staff
Asst. Equipment Manager