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Photos: Jamie Benn's career with Stars through the years

A look at the captain's rise from fifth-round draft pick to face of the franchise

by Staff Report @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

What Benn means to Stars players

Stars players discuss what Jamie Benn means to them

From leadership to his 'beast mode' prowess on the ice, Stars players discuss what captain Jamie Benn means to them

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2008: A year after being drafted by Dallas in the fifth round of the 2007 NHL Draft, Jamie Benn made his unofficial debut in a Stars uniform during the 2008 NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Mich. wearing No. 20.

 

2009: In his final season in juniors before joining the Stars for the 2009-10 season, Benn was superb for the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. Benn led the Rockets with 33 goals and 65 points in 2009, helping guide the club to the Memorial Cup finals where they fell to the Windsor Spitfires.

 

2009: A native of Victoria, Canada, Benn's first NHL goal came roughly 71 miles south of his hometown on Oct. 11 against Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks. Benn went on to score 21 more for Dallas during his rookie season, the second-most all-time for a first-year player in franchise history behind only James Neal (24).

 

2010: Benn helped celebrate Mike Modano's game-tying goal in the third period of what would be Modano's final game in a Stars uniform at American Airlines Center on April 8, 2010.

 

2010: Benn became known for his fighting prowess early on in his career with memorable scraps like this one against former Calgary Flames captain Jerome Iginla.

 

2012: Benn was named an NHL All-Star for the first time in 2012, representing "Team Chara" at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

  

2013: Benn was a pillar in the franchise's transition to an all-new look under new owner Tom Gaglardi in the summer of 2013. The Stars unveiled a sleek, modern logo and Victory Green branding that has become a staple in the club's identity ever since.

 

2013: Before the 2013-14 season, at age 24, Benn was formally named the team's sixth captain since the Stars relocated from Minnesota to Dallas in 1993.

"In a very short period of time, Jamie Benn has gone from being an exciting up-and-coming player in the NHL, to being a cornerstone of the franchise," Stars general manager Jim Nill said at the time. "He has steadily grown as a player and as a person. He conducts himself each and every day in a professional way and continually leads by example. We fully believe that he will be a driving force in getting this team to the next level -- and now he's our captain."

 

2014: Benn was selected to represent Team Canada in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He scored the game-winning goal to beat Norway in the first game and the only marker in a 1-0 victory over the U.S. in the semifinals, advancing Canada to the championship where they blanked Sweden to win gold.

 

2014: On the heels of a 34-goal season, Benn led the Stars to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007-08. They were defeated in the first round by the Anaheim Ducks in six games.

 

2015: With three goals and the award-clinching assist with just 8.5 seconds remaining in a magical season finale against Nashville, Benn became the first Stars player to win the Art Ross Trophy. He finished the season with a league- and career-best 87 points -- one more than runner-up John Tavares' 86.

 

2016: Benn was named to his second All-Star Game in 2016 along with teammate Tyler Seguin and then-coach Lindy Ruff, who guided the Central Division team during the weekend in Nashville.

 

2016: Owners of the best record in the Western Conference and winners of the Central Division crown with 109 points, Benn and the Stars returned to the postseason during the 2015-16 season. Dallas dispatched Minnesota in the first round in six games before falling to St. Louis in seven.

 

2018: Though Dallas just missed the playoffs in 2017-18, Benn capped the campaign with a bang, earning hat tricks in two of the final three regular season games. The first came on April 3 at San Jose and the second in the finale on April 7 against the Kings. Benn finished the season with 36 goals -- the second-most of his career.

 

2019: Benn and the Stars earned their way back to the playoffs during the 2018-19 season as the top wild-card team in the West. The captain helped guide Dallas to a first-round upset of division-winning Nashville in six games before the Stars fell to eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis in seven games in Round 2.

 

2020: A historic first for both the city of Dallas and the NHL, the Stars hosted the 2020 Winter Classic on New Year's Day at Cotton Bowl Stadium. Before more than 85,000 fans, the Stars rallied from an early two-goal deficit to defeat the Predators, 4-2 in the outdoor game. Benn earned an assist on Alexander Radulov's go-ahead goal in the third period.

 

2020: Benn scored three times in a victory over Carolina on Feb. 11 for the sixth hat trick of his NHL career. "When he gets going like that, he's a force," Stars interim coach Rick Bowness said afterward.

 

2020: On Feb. 27 in Boston, Benn was credited with his 300th career goal in a strange sequence that saw the goal awarded, taken away and then awarded again following the game. He joined Chicago's Patrick Kane as one of only two players from the 2007 draft to have reached the milestone.

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

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