Dallas Stars prospect, Jamie Benn
of the Kelowna Rockets recently was named to the 2008-09 Western Hockey League (WHL) Western Conference First All-Star Team. In 56 regular season games, Benn scored 46 goals and 36 assists for 82 points. Among WHL leaders, he ranks tied for fifth in overall goals and 15th in scoring. Benn also ranks tied for first in shorthanded goals (6) and sixth in power-play goals (15) in the WHL. The Victoria, BC native led his team in goals, ranked second in points and fifth in plus/minus with a +27 rating.
Some of the highlights of his season include being selected to Team Canada for the 2009 World Junior Championships and helping the team win gold over Team Sweden in the final, 5-1. In six games played for the Canadian Junior Team, Benn notched four goals and two assists for six points.
He was named the Boston Pizza WHL Player of the Week for his performance Oct. 22-26. In three games played that week, Benn recorded five goals and four assists for nine points and a +2 rating. He notched three power-play goals and one shorthanded goal during that span.
Benn holds the highest-scoring point streak in the WHL this season with a six-game point streak, Oct. 22-Nov. 2 (10-8-18). The left wing scored three hat tricks this season: Nov. 11 vs. Lethbridge, Feb. 3 at Kamloops and Feb. 16 at Portland. Including Benn’s three hat tricks, he recorded 12 multiple-goal games and 27 multiple-point games. He also notched seven game-winning goals for Kelowna.
The 6-2, 205 lb. forward put up solid numbers last season but was able to improve in all scoring areas despite missing time because of the 2009 World Junior Championships. Benn played in 51 games, scoring 33 goals and 32 assists for 65 points last season for the Rockets. He was a solid playoff contributor last season, scoring three goals and eight assists for 11 points in seven playoff games last season with Kelowna.
Benn and the Kelowna Rockets will have home-ice advantage over the Kamloops Blazers in the first round of the playoffs, which starts Friday, Mar. 20.
The Dallas Stars selected Jamie Benn
in the fifth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft (129th overall).