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Stars captain Benn to have offseason hip surgery

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Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn will have offseason hip surgery followed by 4-5 months of rehabilitation, according to the Stars website.

Benn played through the injury for most of the season but that didn't stop him from becoming the first player in Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars history to win the Art Ross Trophy. His hat trick in the Stars' season-ending win against the Nashville Predators helped him pass New York Islanders center John Tavares by one point for scoring title.

Benn scored 47 of his 87 points following the All-Star break, and 16 points in the final seven games of the season, to finish with career-highs in goals (35), assists (52) and points in 82 games. He was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending April 12 after scoring five goals to lead the Stars to three straight wins.

Stars forward Ales Hemsky will also have hip surgery. Hemsky and Benn are each expected to be ready for training camp in September, according to the Dallas Morning News.

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