Jamie Benn is the “diamond in the rough” that the Dallas Stars have built their franchise around. He is now entering his 14th year with the team.
Benn will go down as one of the best this franchise has ever seen. Stars fans are lucky to have such a leader on this team.
There is one thing missing in his career, though.
Benn deserves an extra look this week.
Benn and his brother Jordie hail from Victoria, British Columbia. The “Brothers Benn” were a staple amongst Stars fans before Jordie went elsewhere. Jamie had stints in the VIJHL, BCHL, and WHL before playing in the NHL. The Stars got the ultimate steal of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, picking Benn in the 5th Round at 129th overall.
He scored 22 goals in his first season with the team, netting his first on October 11, 2009, past Roberto Luongo. He got the captaincy in 2013 and has led the team since then. Benn is under contract through 2025.
Benn There Done That
His accolades list keeps growing. He is a two-time All-Star, two-time 1st All-Star Team, and one-time 2nd All-Star Team member.
One of his most memorable moments came with seconds to spare on the 2014-2015 NHL Season.
He secured the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer with his 4th point of the night on game #82. He also has three Mike Modano Trophy awards and three Normandy Homes Star of the Game Awards.
Benn the Leader
Benn is a natural-born leader. He does something unprecedented at the end of each season’s final regular-season home game. Benn uses a microphone to address the home crowd, thanking them for their support throughout the season.
Benn cares a lot about this team. Two seasons ago, he led the team to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 20 years. He was the last person in the locker room after their season ended.
Stars fans have returned that favor in kind, making him and teammate Tyler Seguin #10 and #8 in jersey sales, respectively.
Benn is missing one thing. They got oh so close in 2020, but that ring has eluded the Stars for 21 years now. This city is aching for a championship.
The Stars have the talent to bring Dallas a title. A lifetime of memories for Stars fans if they get to see Gary Bettman handing Benn the Stanley Cup.
Benn’s career in Dallas now spans three decades. He is one of those athletes that will always have a special place in the city.
It is more than likely he will be the last Dallas Star to wear #14. At 311 goals, 412 assists, and 866 games, he is one of the top 5 players in franchise history.
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