The 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game will be Jamie Benn
's first action since having his appendix removed on Jan. 15. He says he's ready to go, and he wouldn't be here this weekend if he wasn't.
However, he also said that the timing of the All-Star break is perfect because odds are he would have missed a few more games if the season never stopped.
"I only missed five games, which isn't too bad I guess," Benn said Friday. "It was good timing, and I'll be ready to go after the break here. I'm looking forward to it."
The Stars are back in action Wednesday at Anaheim. However, Benn isn't necessarily thinking about that right now. He's enjoying his time in the spotlight as one of the best players in the game.
His appendectomy aside, just being here is important to him and it's why he says he received a vote of support from Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk
"I had some talks with Joe Nieuwendyk
and the doctors, and Joe wanted me to be here and I wanted to really come," Benn said. "It's a good experience being here. It's something I'm taking all in and I'm learning. I'm getting to see the guys and see what they do. I'm having fun with it. We're here for a good weekend."
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