Brent Mutis – BCHL Communications
September 19, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Victoria Grizzlies alumnus Jamie Benn will don the ‘C’ this season for the Dallas Stars.
Benn is going into his fifth NHL season with the Stars. He was an alternate captain last season and after Brenden Morrow was moved to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline, the job was up for grabs.
The 24-year-old Victoria native led the Stars in scoring last season and has three 20-goal campaigns under his belt. He was on pace for 20 again last year in the labour-shortened schedule.
Benn spent the 2006-07 season with the Grizzlies, posting 42 goals and 23 assists in 53 games and won the Bruce Allison Memorial Trophy as Coastal Conference rookie of the year. He was later selected in the fifth round by Dallas at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
He made the jump to the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets the next season and registered 147 points in 107 games over two seasons there before joining the Stars’ AHL affiliate for a successful playoff run in 2010.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward played for Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championships where he won a gold medal. He was named an NHL all-star in 2012.