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Jamie Benn
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Benn with the Dallas Stars in April 2016
Born (1989-07-18) July 18, 1989 (age 34)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Dallas Stars
Hamburg Freezers
National team Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
NHL Draft 129th overall, 2007
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2009–present

Jamie Randolph Benn (born July 18, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL).

In the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Benn was drafted by the Dallas Stars 129th overall. He played his junior hockey career with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He represented Canada at the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he helped capture a gold medal. With Team Canada, he won a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In the 2014–15 NHL season, Benn was awarded the Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer with 87 points. The Stars went to the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals under his leadership.

Playing career

Junior

Benn grew up playing hockey for the Peninsula Eagles minor hockey association and attended Stelly's Secondary School as a teenager. He played for the Peninsula Panthers of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL), a local Junior B team located in North Saanich, British Columbia, during the 2005–06 season. Following this, he played for the Victoria Grizzlies of the Junior A British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) for parts of three seasons from 2006-2008.

Kelowna Rockets

Benn was drafted by the Dallas Stars 129th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft from the Victoria Grizzlies. Following his draft, Benn began his major junior career with the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL. He scored 65 points in his rookie season in 2007–08, then improved to a team-high 46 goals along with 36 assists for 82 points in 56 games in the 2008–09 WHL season. After being named to the WHL West first All-Star team, Benn paced the Rockets with a playoff-leading 33 points en route to the 2009 Ed Chynoweth Cup title. In the subsequent 2009 Memorial Cup tournament, held in Rimouski, Quebec, Benn notched a four-goal game and added an assist in the second round-robin match against the Drummondville Voltigeurs, a 6–4 win, to secure the Rockets a berth in the tournament final. Although the Rockets lost to the Windsor Spitfires 4–1 in the Final, Benn was named to the Tournament All-Star team, along with teammate Tyler Myers.

Professional

Dallas Stars

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Benn in his second NHL regular season game, October 2009

Benn made the Dallas Stars' roster for the 2009–10 NHL season and scored his first NHL goal on October 11, 2009 against Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks. Benn tied the score 3–3 late in the game, but the Stars lost later in the shootout.

At the end of his rookie season, he was sent down to the Stars' AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, for the 2010 Calder Cup playoffs. He scored 14 goals and had 26 points in 24 playoffs games as Texas fell to the Hershey Bears in the Calder Cup Finals. Benn later spoke of the experience, "I had a fun summer here...it was a big part of my hockey career and helped me develop my game. I definitely loved playing here."

Following teammate Brad Richards absence due to a concussion, Benn took a leading role with the Stars in February 2011. During the All Star Game's SuperSkills Competition, Benn participated in the Accuracy Shooting contest and won his leg against Steven Stamkos then the finals against Philadelphia Flyers rookie Matt Read with times of 13.583 and 10.204 seconds respectively.

With the 2012–13 NHL season delayed due to the labour lock-out, Benn signed a contract for the duration of the dispute with the Hamburg Freezers of the German DEL on October 2, 2012. Unable to initially agree to a contract with the Stars, Benn missed the first four games of the shortened NHL season before re-signing to a five-year, $26.25 million contract on January 24, 2013.

Jamie Benn 2014
Benn during the 2013–14 season in February 2014. Benn was named the captain of the Dallas Stars during the 2013 off season.

Benn was named the sixth captain of the Dallas Stars on September 19, 2013.

On April 11, 2015, Benn scored 4 points in the Stars' last regular season game to finish with 87 points on the season and win the Art Ross Trophy. His final point, a secondary assist with 8.5 seconds left in the game, allowed him to overtake John Tavares for the award.

On July 15, 2016, Benn agreed to an eight-year, $76 million contract extension with Dallas that runs through the 2024–25 NHL season at an average annual value of $9.5 million.

On February 6, 2023, Benn played his 1,000th NHL game, and only the second player from the Stars organization to play them with the team after Mike Modano. During the 2023 Stanley Cup playoffs, Benn was suspended for two games after landing on Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone with his stick in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. He was assessed a game misconduct and ejected from the game.

International play

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Benn representing Canada
Medal record
Representing Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
Winter Olympics
Gold 2014 Sochi
World Junior Championships
Gold 2009 Canada

Playing in his second WHL season, Benn was named to Team Canada, along with Kelowna Rockets teammate Tyler Myers, for the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Ottawa. He contributed 4 goals and 2 assists in 6 games, helping Canada to its record-tying fifth straight gold medal, defeating Sweden 5–1 in the final. Benn first represented the senior team at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

On January 7, 2014, Benn was named to the Canadian Olympic hockey team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi despite not being invited to the orientation camp during the summer of 2013. In his first game as an Olympian, Benn scored the game-winning goal in Canada's first game against Norway in a 3–1 victory. He scored the only goal in a 1–0 win against the United States in the semi-final, to advance Canada to the gold medal game, where they eventually beat Sweden 3–0.

Personal life

Benn is the younger brother of defenceman Jordie Benn and formerly the brothers played alongside one another on the Dallas Stars.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Bold indicates led league

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Peninsula Panthers VIJHL 4 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Peninsula Panthers VIJHL 38 31 24 55 92 7 5 7 12 20
2005–06 Victoria Salsa BCHL 6 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Victoria Grizzlies BCHL 53 42 23 65 78 11 5 4 9 12
2007–08 Kelowna Rockets WHL 51 33 32 65 68 7 3 8 11 4
2008–09 Kelowna Rockets WHL 56 46 36 82 71 19 13 20 33 18
2009–10 Dallas Stars NHL 82 22 19 41 45
2009–10 Texas Stars AHL 24 14 12 26 22
2010–11 Dallas Stars NHL 69 22 34 56 52
2011–12 Dallas Stars NHL 71 26 37 63 55
2012–13 Hamburg Freezers DEL 19 7 13 20 30
2012–13 Dallas Stars NHL 41 12 21 33 40
2013–14 Dallas Stars NHL 81 34 45 79 64 6 4 1 5 4
2014–15 Dallas Stars NHL 82 35 52 87 64
2015–16 Dallas Stars NHL 82 41 48 89 64 13 5 10 15 10
2016–17 Dallas Stars NHL 77 26 43 69 66
2017–18 Dallas Stars NHL 82 36 43 79 54
2018–19 Dallas Stars NHL 78 27 26 53 56 13 2 8 10 10
2019–20 Dallas Stars NHL 69 19 20 39 53 27 8 11 19 32
2020–21 Dallas Stars NHL 52 11 24 35 33
2021–22 Dallas Stars NHL 82 18 28 46 88 7 1 1 2 6
2022–23 Dallas Stars NHL 82 33 45 78 34 17 3 8 11 51
NHL totals 1,030 362 485 847 768 83 23 39 62 113

International

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Canada WJC 1 6 4 2 6 4
2012 Canada WC 5th 8 3 2 5 4
2014 Canada OG 1 6 2 0 2 4
Junior totals 6 4 2 6 4
Senior totals 14 5 2 7 8

Awards and honors

Jamie Benn - Dallas Stars
Benn in October 2014.
Award Year
CHL / WHL
West first All-Star team 2008–09
Ed Chynoweth Trophy – Memorial Cup Leading Scorer 2009
Ed Chynoweth Cup 2008–09
CHL Memorial Cup All-Star team 2009
NHL
NHL All-Star Game 2012, 2016
NHL first All-Star team 2014, 2016
Art Ross Trophy 2015
NHL second All-Star team 2015
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