Since the Dallas Stars started their affiliation with the expansion Iowa Stars in 2005, Scott White has been the man at the helm of the AHL franchise’s hockey operations. White coached Columbia in the ECHL the first four seasons and led the Inferno to the Kelly Cup Finals their second season in 2002-03.
Iowa has reached the Calder Cup Playoffs in both of its seasons to date, getting to the second round in 2006-07, and has prepared a number of young prospects for the jump to the NHL, so White deserves a great deal of credit for that success.
As Iowa’s Director of Hockey Operations, White oversees all aspects of the club’s day-to-day on-ice activities, scouts the various minor leagues and collegiate ranks in search of free agents, and works closely with the Dallas Stars’ front office on player personnel and development.
White reports directly to Dallas General Manager Doug Armstrong, and the Iowa coaches — Head Coach Dave Allison and Assistant Coach Paul Jerrard — and hockey support staff were hired directly by the Dallas front office, forming a solid partnership between the two franchises.
In addition to White’s responsibilities in Iowa, he serves as a professional scout for Dallas, attending countless games and filing reports on various NHL teams and their AHL affiliates.
White, 39, joined the Stars organization in May of 2005 after four seasons as head coach of the Columbia Inferno of the ECHL. While in South Carolina, White was responsible for all of Columbia’s hockey operations activities, including recruiting, scouting, trades and roster moves. He led the Inferno to the playoffs in all four of his years behind the bench, and the ECHL Kelly Cup Finals in 2003. White served as an assistant coach with Greensboro (ECHL) for a season and a half, and was assistant coach at his alma mater, Michigan Tech University, from 1994-1999.
The native of Ornstown, Quebec, was a sixth-round pick of the Quebec Nordiques in 1986 Entry Draft and played five years of professional hockey from 1989-1994. He spent three years in 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. White signed with the expansion Ottawa Senators in 1992 and played the entire season with the NHL club’s affiliate in New Haven, capturing team MVP honors.
DallasStars.com recently had the opportunity to visit with White to discuss Iowa’s success, his multiple roles in the organization and the challenges of balancing winning with player development.