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Les Jackson (born December 21, 1952 in Manning, Alberta) is a former professional ice hockey player, coach, scout and the current co-general manager of the Dallas Stars. Jackson was selected in the 4th round of the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft, 64th overall, by the Boston Bruins. Jackson had a brief and unspectacular minor league career, never reaching the NHL, and is better known as a manager than as a player.
Jackson retired following the 1976–77 season, and was named head coach of the Great Falls Americans of the WHL prior to the 1979–80 season, his team going 2–25–1, until it folded on December 26, 1979. For the next two seasons, Jackson coached the Brandon Wheat Kings, and then served as their general manager for two seasons following that. Prior to the 1985–86 season Jackson joined the Minnesota North Stars as an assistant coach, and would stay with the franchise in one capacity or another until September 1, 1999, when he joined the Atlanta Thrashers as assistant general manager. On July 6, 2000, Jackson rejoined the Dallas Stars, and was named interim co-general manager (along with Brett Hull) on November 13, 2007, and on May 22, 2008, the "interim" was removed from their title as both were signed to a 3 year deal to be co-general managers.
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