Updating an earlier story, Jamie Benn has been named the next captain of the Dallas Stars. At the press conference Benn was introduced by general manager Jim Nill as the sixth captain of the franchise. Nill cited that Benn is the model type player in the new NHL, being a “homegrown” player who was drafted, developed and cultivated by the organization. Nill mentioned that Benn is a “fierce competitor, leads by example and wants to win.”
Nill would later go on to say the choice was a “no brainer.” Coach Lindy Ruff echoed that when asked by the Dallas press that it was an “easy choice.”
Benn, in his typical fashion, cracked a slight smile, but quickly resumed his stoic demeanor. He mentioned that he was humbled at the opportunity. He thanked owner Tom Gaglardi, Nill and Ruff. Benn cited that he got to watch great leaders like Brendan Morrow and Mike Modano adding, “I’m honored to be among those names.”
Benn will be supported by Ray Whitney and Stephane Robidas, who will both continue to be alternate captains for the Stars. While it may be a little early to invite such comparisons, Benn likened this team to the 1999 Stanley Cup championship team. He would mention that both teams have a depth of leadership and didn’t rely on just the men with the letters on the front left shoulder.
Benn, Nill and Ruff repeatedly spoke about leadership being a team effort, not just the responsibility of the captain. With veterans like Shawn Horcoff (a former captain), Rich Peverley, Sergei Gonchar and Kari Lehtonen, Benn has a very experienced group of professionals to lean on and learn from.
With a new owner, a new general manager, new uniforms, a new coaching staff and now a new captain, the Dallas Stars are no longer the team of the last four playoff-less seasons.
Congratulations to Jamie Benn.
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