Here are some quotes from today’s announcement that Jamie Benn has been named captain of the Dallas Stars.
Stars GM Jim Nill
“When you think of Jamie Benn, why should he be the next captain? He’s a fierce competitor, he leads by example and he wants to win. The bigger the game the bigger he plays. We’ve talked in the organization about being an every day player and Jamie exemplifies that. It’s about guys that come to play every day, bring it in practice every day on the ice and off it. That’s what Jamie is going to bring as we continue to grow this organization. He’s respected on and off the ice, he’s humble and he’s a good person. He’s also one of the up and coming stars in this new NHL game.”
“I knew there was a bit of a hint I might be captain this year and I definitely took it seriously. I had a good summer of training and coming into this year I wanted to be the captain of this team. I am looking forward to it.
“I am not going to change anything just because I am wearing the “C.” I am who I am. I want to go out on the ice and lead by example. That’s what I do best, play hard for my teammates. I want to keep doing that and set a good example on and off the ice.”
Stars alternate captain Ray Whitney on Benn
“You can tell Jamie has been different in camp this year than last year. Not that he had a problem or anything last year, but you could tell by the condition he came in. You could tell the way he was conducting himself off the ice that it’s a little different for him, and now that he is the captain it is going to be even more different for him. You are not just the captain during the season, you are the captain year round. Everything you do off the ice reflects you as the captain and your organization. It’s going to be more of a spotlight. It’s kind of forcing him to become a man quickly. I know he has accepted that and is willing to go with it.”
Stars alternate captain Stephane Robidas on Benn
“He really wants to take his game to the next level. He puts a lot of pressure on himself. He wants to be the leader of this team and he deserves it. The way he prepared himself over the summer, the way he showed up to training camp, the way he handles himself on and off the ice. He’s mature as a player even though he is only 24. He’s really matured since I first saw him. It’s a real evolution and that’s a positive sign. We’re very fortunate to have a young leader like that, a guy who can take a game over and be our leader.”
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