Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn was named to the NHL First All-Star Team on Wednesday night, marking the third consecutive season that Benn has received All-Star honors. Voting for the All-Star Team was conducted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season.
This marks the second time in his career that Benn has been named to the First All-Star Team, having also earned the honor in the 2013-14 season when he became the first player in Stars franchise history to be named to the NHL's First All-Star Team. The Stars have previously had five players earn All-Star honors, with each being named to the Second All-Star Team (Zubov - 2005-06; Turco, Hatcher - 2002-03; Modano - 1999-2000; Bellows - 1989-90). Following the 2014-15 campaign, Benn was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team.
The captain led the Stars with 89 points (41-48=89) in 82 regular-season games, which led the team and was second in the League. He also tied for second in the NHL in power play goals (17) and ranked third in goals (41), posting new career highs in each category. Benn appeared in all 82 games during the regular season, marking the second consecutive season and the third time in his career that he's appeared in all 82 contests.
He recorded a season-long eight-game point streak (8-6=14) from Nov. 12 - 28, and posted a season-high four-point outing (1-3=4) in a 6-5 win on Dec. 8 vs. Carolina. The Stars captain appeared in his 500th career NHL contest on March 22 at Chicago, while he recorded an assist (0-1=1) on Dec. 15 at Columbus to celebrate the 400th point of his NHL career. Benn was named the NHL's First Star for the month of October after posting nine goals and 17 points (9-8=17) in 11 games during the opening month of the season, while he also earned the First Star of the Week award for the week ending Nov. 29 after tallying six points (4-2=6) in three games. He was also selected to participate in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, his second career All-Star appearance.
Benn skated in 13 games during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, helping lead the Stars to the Second Round for the first time since 2008. Benn finished tied for 12th in postseason scoring with 15 points (5-10=15) and recorded points in nine of his 13 games during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He posted a postseason career-long six-game point streak (4-6=10) from April 14 - 24, which was tied for the second-longest point streak during the postseason. The captain's six-game postseason point streak was the longest by a Dallas Stars player since 2008, when Brenden Morrow also registered points in six consecutive playoff games (4-2=6) from May 2 - May 14, 2008. In his career, he has points in 14 of 19 career playoff contests, tallying 20 postseason points (9-11=20).
The Victoria, B.C. native was selected by Dallas in the fifth round (129th overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft, Benn has amassed 448 points (192-256=448) in 508 career regular-season games, all as a member of the Stars.