BROSSARD - Jordie and Jamie Benn are in for a whole new life experience on Tuesday night.
When the Canadiens play host to the Dallas Stars at the Bell Centre, it will mark the very first time that the Benn brothers will go up against one another at any level, including the minor hockey ranks.
The matchup was made possible, of course, when the Canadiens acquired Jordie's services back in late February, just ahead of the NHL's trade deadline.
One month later, the two will share the ice once again, albeit on opposite sides of the puck this time around.
"It'll obviously be a little different, but it's not the first time somebody's been traded and had to play against their old team right away," said Jordie, who played 302 games in a Stars uniform over five-plus seasons, before patrolling the Habs' blue line. "Then, with my brother being there, it'll be a lot of fun."
Video: Jordie Benn talks about playing against his brother
Their parents, Randy and Heather, might not enjoy it all that much, though.
"My dad probably won't feel much. He's taking care of my dog [in Dallas], so he'll probably just be hanging out on the couch," said Jordie. "My mom will probably be a nervous wreck. She probably doesn't know who to cheer for, but I guess it depends on who scores. She'll cheer every time the puck goes into the net."
Hockey aside, the former Dallas housemates will finally get the opportunity to spend some quality time together on Monday and catch up in person before getting down to business in front of the Bell Centre faithful.
"He's picking up the tab [at dinner], for sure. I'm not really too familiar with Montreal, so I hope he takes me to a good spot," cracked Jamie, the Stars' captain. "I'll be sliding the cheque his way."
All kidding aside, though, Jamie remains a loyal fan of his brother's efforts and he's pleased to see him playing so well in his brand new hockey home.
"I've been almost watching every game. It gives me something to do when we're not playing, so I even found myself following the Canadiens on Twitter now. I'm happy for him. He's in a good spot, obviously," mentioned Jamie. "Montreal is a top-notch organization and they've got a great team. I'm glad he's fitting in well here. He's enjoying it a lot, too."
And, he's steadily making a name for himself as a dependable member of the Canadiens' defense corps, averaging nearly 17 minutes of ice time per game over the course of his first 12 outings with Montreal. Jamie couldn't be prouder.
"I got to see it every day and I got to see his growth in his game and as a person, so it doesn't surprise me [to see him succeeding]. I'm sure it helps that he's got some great players to learn from with [Shea] Weber and [Andrei] Markov and the D-men they have," said Jamie. "I'm more excited that he can be his own person in Montreal and really take off with his career."
As is Jordie, who is relishing the chance to demonstrate that he really is a defensive force to be reckoned with at hockey's highest level.
"A lot of people say that the only reason I ever made it was because of [Jamie], but I think I've done enough hard work in my life to prove to people that I'm an NHL hockey player," said Jordie. "I'm living a dream and I'm here. You can't say that Jamie and getting traded to the Montreal Canadiens, got me here. It's just good to play in the NHL."
So, what will Tuesday night's game bring when the two go head-to-head? According to Jamie, it will likely be a competitive affair.
"It was fun competing with him growing up. We're pretty close. We're ultra-competitive, so I'm sure you'll see much of that [on Tuesday], too," said Jamie. "We're both excited and obviously it's the first time playing each other in an NHL game, so we're definitely looking forward to it."