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Vander Esch cheers on Stars, swaps jerseys with Benn

The captain and Cowboys rookie linebacker met following Dallas' 2-0 win over Calgary

by Jeff Odom @jeffodom /

Benn, Vander Esch swap jerseys

Benn, Vander Esch of Cowboys swap jerseys after game

Stars captain Jamie Benn and Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch sign and swap jerseys after Tuesday's win over Calgary

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Leighton Vander Esch may be starring on Sundays as the Dallas Cowboys work to lock up a playoff berth, but on Tuesday, the linebacker temporarily traded in his silver and blue for some Victory Green to root on the Stars at his first game.

Following a dominant 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames in the start of a home-heavy stretch at American Airlines Center, Stars forward Jamie Benn caught up with Vander Esch and conducted a special postgame jersey signing and swap inside the team's dressing room.

Captain, meet The Wolf Hunter.

Benn, who scored a first-period goal to give Dallas an early advantage in its eventual win, gave the touted rookie out of Boise State his No. 14 sweater in exchange for Vander Esch's white No. 55 Cowboys uniform.

Vander Esch, a native of Riggins, Idaho, was the Cowboys' 19th overall pick in this year's NFL Draft and has helped lead "America's Team" to the cusp of the NFC East division title in his first season. They can clinch with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Here are some additional shots of Vander Esch's evening with Benn and the Stars from team photographer Sam Hodde:

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

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