DALLAS – The Dallas Stars didn’t wait until the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs to make a major front-office shakeup.
Former NHL forward Joe Nieuwendyk has been named the Stars’ new general manager, the team announced Sunday. Former co-GMs Brett Hull and Les Jackson will be reassigned to other positions within the organization.
Nieuwendyk will be formally introduced as Dallas’s new GM at a Monday news conference.
Nieuwendyk, 42, served as special assistant to Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke this season. He was also the assistant general manager with Canada’s silver-medal entry at the 2009 IIHF world hockey championship.
“We are very excited to secure Joe Nieuwendyk as the general manager,” Stars owner Tom Hicks said in a statement. “These moves are all about helping this club take the proverbial ‘Next step.’
“Joe is a leader and has been a winner in everything he has done. He is ready for this opportunity and has a bright future as an NHL general manager. We want that future to be with the Dallas Stars.”
Nieuwendyk spent seven of his 20 NHL seasons in Dallas (1995-2002), winning one of his three Stanley Cup championships with the Stars in 1999. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy that season, registering 11 goals and 10 assists in 23 post-season games.
The Oshawa, Ont., native, originally a second-round draft pick of Calgary in the 1985 draft, finished with 564 goals and 562 assists in 1,257 NHL games with the Flames, Stars, New Jersey Devils, Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers. He captured the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie in 1988.
“I am very excited about returning to the Dallas Stars as general manager,” Nieuwendyk said. “I am ready for this opportunity. The Dallas Stars have built a winning tradition over the years and I want to help continue that legacy.
“My family is very excited about returning to Dallas. I have great memories from my playing days with the Stars and look forward to helping this team win as general manager.”
Hull, who played with Nieuwendyk on the 1999 Stanley Cup-winning team, will now serve as the Stars’ executive vice-president and alternate governor. Jackson returns to the role of director of scouting and player development.
“Brett and Les have done a great job as co-general managers, but after analyzing the situation, it is in the team’s best interest to return them to roles that fit their respective strengths,” said Hicks.
The Stars went 36-35-11 this season, finishing 12th in the Western Conference just one year after reaching the conference final.