Ex-Rocket pulls on the 'C' in Big D
Sep 19, 2013 / 1:50 pm
Former Kelowna Rocket Jamie Benn will wear the "C" in Dallas this season.
Benn, who spent two seasons with the Rockets, was named captain of the Dallas Stars Thursday morning.
He becomes the sixth captain in franchise history succeeding Brenden Morrow who was traded last season to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"I'm deeply humbled and honoured to be named the captain of the Dallas Stars," stated Benn in a news release on the Stars website.
"I look forward to representing this organization, my teammates, our fans and this great city in our pursuit to bring another Stanley Cup to Dallas."
Over two seasons in Kelowna Benn scored 79 goals and 147 points. He chipped in with another 13 goals and 20 assists during the Rockets run to the Memorial Cup in 2009.
Benn was a 5th round selection of the Stars in the 2007 NHL draft while still a member of the BC Hockey League's Victoria Grizzlies.
Through his first four seasons with the Stars Benn has accumulated 82 goals and 193 points in 263 career games.
"In a very short period of time Jamie Benn has gone from being an exciting up-and-coming player in the NHL to being a cornerstone of the franchise," says Jim Nil in making the announcement.
"He has steadily grown as a player and as a person. He conducts himself each and every day in a professional way and continually leads by example."
Nil says he believes Benn will be a driving force in getting the Stars to the next level.
Benn joins defenceman Shea Weber as the only two former Rockets to captain an NHL team.
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