Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn and forward Tyler Seguin were named to the 2016 All-Star Game roster today, while Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff will serve as Head Coach of the Central Division squad. This marks the first time that two Stars players have been selected for the All-Star Game since the 2011 All-Star Game when forwards Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson earned All-Star honors. The 2016 All-Star Game and festivities will take place from Jan. 30-31 in Nashville, Tenn.
Benn currently leads the NHL with 24 goals and ranks second in the League with 52 points (24-28=52) in 42 games. He also ranks third in the NHL with 10 power play goals and is tied for third with a +18 plus/minus rating. The reigning Art Ross Trophy winner has scored a League-leading 18 goals on home ice and paces the NHL with 33 points (18-15=33) in 20 games at home.
The native of Victoria, B.C. was named the NHL's First Star for October after opening the 2015-16 campaign with a six-game point streak (6-4=10) and recording League-highs in goals (9) and points (17) in 11 games during the opening month of the season. Benn was also named the NHL's First Star for the week ending Nov. 30. This marks the captain's second All-Star Game appearance, as Benn also took part in the 2012 All-Star Game where he won the Accuracy Shooting portion of the All-Star Skills Competition.
Seguin is tied for second in the NHL with 23 goals this season and ranks third in the League with 50 points (23-27=50) in 42 games. The Brampton, Ont. native also ranks sixth in the League with 27 assists. Seguin currently leads the NHL with 15 road goals this season and is tied for second with 25 points (15-10=25) in 22 games on the road.
Seguin was named the NHL's Second Star for the week ending Oct. 19, recording seven points (3-4=7) in three games, including a four-point outing (2-2=4) on Oct. 17 against Florida. The forward was also named the Second Star for the week ending Nov. 9, earning seven points (4-3=7) in four games, including posting his seventh career hat trick (3-0=3) on Nov. 3 against his former team, the Boston Bruins. Seguin is making his third All-Star Game appearance, having previously been named to the event in 2012 and 2015.
Ruff has guided the Stars to a Western Conference-leading 60 points with a 28-10-4 record through the first 42 games this season. Dallas' 28-10-4 record marks the second-best in Stars franchise history through 42 games, trailing only the 1998-99 squad (27-8-7, 61 points). Now in his third season with the club, Ruff has amassed a 109-72-25 record in 206 games behind the Stars bench.
The Warburg, Alta. native holds an overall record of 680-504-187 in 1,371 regular-season games coached with Dallas and the Buffalo Sabres. The 2006 Jack Adams Award winner served as an associate coach for the gold medal-winning Canadian teams at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games. This marks Ruff's third trip to the All-Star Game as Head Coach, as he also served as bench boss at the 1999 and 2007 All-Star Games.