Born July 18, 1989 (age 22) in Central Saanich, British Columbia, Canada
Center/winger for the Dallas Stars
Recently I watched Dallas take on Carolina and Jamie Benn was mentioned quite often. I figured I’d look into him! He played juniors on various teams in British Columbia, including the Peninsula Panthers, the interestingly-named Victoria Salsa, the Victoria Grizzlies and the Kelowna Rockets. While with the Grizzlies, he became draft-eligible and was drafted 129th overall in 2007 by Dallas. (By the way, his older brother Jordie also plays hockey in Texas; he’s a d-man for the Texas Stars.) Electing to play with Kelowna, he scored 65 points in his rookie season with them and surged to 82 points for the next season. He led the playoffs that year with 33 points as the Rockets took the Ed Chynoweth Cup and went to the Memorial Cup tournament. After a good show like that, he made Dallas’ roster for 2009-10.
His first goal came on October 11 against Roberto Luongo. (I find that unsurprising…) After the 2009-10 Dallas Stars season, in which they missed the playoffs but Benn had appeared in all 82 games, the team lent him out to the Texas Stars for their playoffs run and he got 26 points (14 G, 12 A) in 24 playoff games for Jordie’s team. In February of this year, after his teammate Brad Richards suffered a concussion, he stepped up and took a leadership role of sorts. This paid off: he got a 10-game point streak and a 6-game goal streak. He also had a point a game in the last 23 of the season as Dallas pushed hard to make the playoffs and just barely missed. Since Richards is gone now, all expect Benn to take more of a leadership role this season. He seems to be doing well at that so far; he actually scored the game-winning goal in that tilt against Carolina! Benn has also been called up to represent Canada once internationally, in the 2009 World Juniors, helping bring home the gold. His last year production looks good: 69 games played, 22 goals, 34 assists and 52 penalty minutes. Also, he already has 15 points (4 G, 11 A) in just 13 games so far this season. Considering Dallas is atop the Western Conference right now, this guy might be one to watch.