Dallas Stars: NHL All-Star Game

Jamie Benn: Things are looking up

February, 8, 2012
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All-Star left winger Jamie Benn, 22, talks about the current state of the Stars, his relationship with Mike Modano and expectations moving forward.

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Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn will head back to Dallas with some great memories from his weekend in Ottawa, including a win in the NHL All-Star Game as Team Chara beat Team Alfredsson, 12-9, at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

“It was a great experience,” Benn said. “They put on a pretty good weekend and it’s something I’ll never forget.”

Benn played on a line with Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle for Team Chara. He logged 14:02 of ice time, registering no points and no shots on goal. But this was less about the stats for Benn and more about the experience.

“It was pretty unbelievable,” Benn said. “The amount of talent these players have, it’s crazy. I just hope I’ll be fortunate enough to play in another All-Star Game. ... Just taking it in, the weekend we had. It was pretty special. Just meeting the guys, it was a good group of guys. Hopefully, I can do it again."

Marian Gaborik of the New York Rangers scored three goals for Team Chara and was named the game’s MVP. Boston’s Tim Thomas was the winning goalie for the fourth straight All-Star game. The game recap is here.

Benn will head back with the some honors from the weekend. He won the accuracy shooting contest in Saturday’s skills competition, hitting 4 of 6 targets in 13.5 seconds in the preliminary round and then 4 of 5 targets in just 10.2 seconds in the final round.
Stars forward Jamie Benn had an impressive showing at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, taking the shooting accuracy competition and putting on another impressive shooting display in the skills challenge relay.

In the first round of the accuracy competition he hit four of six targets in 13.583 seconds to advance to the finals against Philadelphia rookie Matt Read. Benn then hit four of five targets in in 10.204 seconds in the finals to win the competition to top Read, who hit his four targets in 16.361 seconds.

“It’s a lot harder than it looks,” Benn said on NBC Sports Network’s telecast of the All-Star Skills Competition. “Once you get one you can get on a roll and run with it.”

After the competition he said it was a lot of practice shooting pucks as a kid that paid dividends.

“Shooting all the time growing up and practicing in the garage really paid off,” Benn said.

In the skills challenge relay, Benn had the hardest angle one-timer but he hit three of three shots for Team Chara.

“That sharp angle, I was a little nervous about that one, getting them in,” Benn said.

He was eliminated in the first round of the elimination shootout when Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick made a pad save on his wrist shot.

The highlight of the night was Boston’s Zdeno Chara breaking his own record in the hardest shot competition. Chara shattered his previous record of 105.9 MPH by hitting 108.8 MPH on Saturday night.

Another highlight was Chicago’s Patrick Kane taking the breakaway challenge by donning a Superman cape, Clark Kent glasses and then scoring a goal while gliding towards the net on his stomach.

Team Alfredsson won the skills competition over Team Chara by a score of 21-12.

For Benn, it was a good experience.

“I think it went really well. It was a lot of fun out there,” he said. “It was pretty cool to see the skill that these guys have and it was great for the first time.”

Here were the winners in Saturday’s night’s All-Star Skills Competition.

Faster skater: Carl Hagelin, NY Rangers
Breakaway challenge: Patrick Kane, Chicago
Accuracy shooting: Jamie Benn, Dallas
Hardest shot: Zdeno Chara, Boston
Elimination shootout: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

Full results are here.

Video of Benn in final round

All-Star media day: Quotable Jamie Benn

January, 27, 2012
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Friday was All-Star media day in Ottawa. Here are a few quotes from Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn as he chatted with various media outlets.

On not getting picked last in Thursday night’s All-Star Fantasy Draft

“I’m going to tell him (Zdeno Chara) that he owes me a car.” (Team 1200 Radio, Ottawa)

On whether being an All-Star gives him a sense of having arrived

“Definitely. You come here and you see who you are surrounded by. For young guys like us, we just have to take it in and have fun with it. It’s a pretty cool experience.” (TSN Radio)

On winning a gold medal at the the 2009 World Junior Championship, which was held in Ottawa

“It was unbelievable. Being down 3-0 against the U.S. and coming back, and then beating the Russians. It was one of the best, if not the best hockey moment of my life, winning that gold medal. It’s something I’ll never forget.” (Team 1200 Radio, Ottawa)

On the reasons behind his level of play this season

“I think it’s a little bit of everything. It’s my third year now. I’m confident out there now. I made the switch to center and I think I am really excelling at that position. I am playing with some good players and getting a good chance to play a lot of minutes. I’m having fun with it and it’s good so far.” (Team 1200 Radio, Ottawa)

If there’s a player he grew up watching that he is excited to playing with at All-Star weekend

“Definitely (Pavel) Datsyuk. He’s one of my favorite players to watch. He’s a magician out there. I am definitely looking forward to skating with him, too.” (Team 1200 Radio, Ottawa)

On Stars center Mike Ribeiro suiting up to play goalie once in a while

“He’s actually a lot better than you think. He skates with us in the summer and when we need a goalie he’s the first one to jump in there. He’s pretty good, but I might have to test him out there one training camp.” (NHL.com)

On whether he shoots high on Ribeiro

“Head hunting for sure.” (NHL.com)
Saturday night is the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, and Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn will take part in three events for Team Chara.

Benn will be in the accuracy shooting competition, will take the left-handed one-timer in the skills challenge relay and will be one of Team Chara’s shooters in the elimination shootout.

The full lineups for the Skills Competition are here at NHL.com.

A description of the events is here.

The Skills Competition is Saturday night at 6 p.m. (CST) and will be carried on the NBC Sports Network, formerly known as Versus.

Benn goes next to last in All-Star draft

January, 26, 2012
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Stars forward Jamie Benn was almost the last player selected in Thursday night’s NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft, but Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara decided that Benn would be the 37th player selected and not the 38th.

Benn and San Jose’s Logan Couture were the last two players left in the draft and it was Chara’s decision as to which player would be picked next and which player would be the last one left.

“It’s never easy to leave one guy standing, to be the last one,” Chara said as he made his selection. “But Jamie really deserves to be picked because he had surgery a couple days ago and he still showed up. That’s a big credit to him. So I am picking Dallas Star Jamie Benn.”

Couture, as the last player to be picked in the draft, received a car.

“It was a little bit of a win-win there. Get picked or get a car,” said Benn. “I’m happy I got picked.”

Benn said the experience was fun and a little tense.

“Coming down to the wire it was a little nerve-wracking, but fun at the same time. We’re here for a good weekend and I am looking forward to it,” Benn said. “I don’t think [where you get picked] matters. I think just getting the chance to be at an All-Star game is a pretty good honor. For Zdeno to throw out a shout out there was really nice of him.”

Chara had the first overall pick in the draft and selected Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk, meaning Benn will be teammates with one of the players he was looking forward to seeing at the All-Star festivities this weekend.

“Maybe Datsyuk, he’s pretty cool. He’s a player I like to watch,” Benn said when asked earlier this week about the players he was looking forward to skating with in Ottawa. “(Claude) Giroux, (Steven) Stamkos, all the top players in this league are pretty exciting to watch and to get a chance to skate with them is pretty cool.”

Giroux and Stamkos will skate for Team Alfredsson, which is captained by Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson. Alfredsson’s first pick and the second overall pick of the draft was his Ottawa teammate, defenseman Erik Karlsson.

The All-Star Skills competition is Saturday and the NHL All-Star Game is Sunday. The selections in Thursday’s draft are below.

Jamie Benn eager for NHL All-Star Game

January, 24, 2012
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DALLAS - Stars forward Jamie Benn, who has missed the last four games due to an appendectomy, skated at the American Airlines Center this morning. He's not ready to play tonight against Anaheim, but Benn said he'll be heading to Ottawa later this week for the NHL All-Star game.

"I think I am going to go," Benn said. "It will be a good experience for me and it will be fun, so I am looking forward to it."

The first piece of business will be the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft, which is Thursday. Benn joked that he has his eye on that car that goes to the player who gets selected last in the draft.

"If I walk in there on crutches, I figure I might key in for that car," Benn said.

The All-Star skills competition is Saturday and the NHL All-Star Game is Sunday.

Jamie Benn excited about All-Star selection

January, 12, 2012
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Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn said he is excited about going to his first NHL All-Star Game. Benn was named was to the NHL All-Star Game roster on Thursday.

“It’s pretty cool to get selected to the All-Star game,” Benn said. “It’s my first. I am looking forward to it and it’s going to be an exciting time.”

Benn was one of 42 players selected to play in the game. Six players were voted in by fans and 36 others, including Benn were selected by the league.

“Real good for him,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We congratulated him this morning and Benny takes everything in stride. It’s real well deserved. He’s an important guy to our team and it’s nice that he gets recognition in the league.”

Captains for the All-Star teams will be announced next week and the All-Star Fantasy Draft will be held January 26 to divide the players into two teams.

NHL All-Star weekend is at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. The Skills Competition will be held Saturday January 28 and the NHL All-Star Game will be played Sunday January 29.

Jamie Benn headed to NHL All-Star Game

January, 12, 2012
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Dallas Stars center Jamie Benn is heading to the NHL All-Star Game. Benn was among the players added to the All-Star roster this morning.

The 22-year-old Benn, who will be making his first All-Star Game appearance, leads the Stars with 42 points (13 goals, 29 assists) in 41 games. He is tied for 14th in the NHL in scoring.

Stars forward Loui Eriksson, who played in last year’s game and was considered a strong candidate again this year, was not named to the roster.

This season’s All-Star game will be played January 29 in Ottawa.

The full All-Star roster is here.

Lehtonen 10th, Souray 16th in All-Star voting

November, 22, 2011
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The NHL released All-Star voting totals for the first week, and Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen ranks 10th among NHL netminders with 42,527 votes. Boston's Tim Thomas is tops among goaltenders with 95,681 votes.

Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray is 16th among defensemen with 39,263 votes. The top two in defense category are Ottawa's Erik Karlsson (147,468) and Boston's Zdeno Chara (110,098).

Stars forwards Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson and Mike Ribeiro, who all are on the ballot, were not among the top 28 forwards receiving votes. Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson, Toronto's Phil Kessel and Ottawa's Jason Spezza are the top three among the forwards.

The Senators are getting out the vote, which is not a surprise since the All-Star Game is in Ottawa this season.

Vote totals are here on NHL.com.

Voting, which started last week, will conclude Jan. 4.

The top vote-getters by position -- three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie -- will take part in this season's All-Star Game, which will be in Ottawa on Jan. 29.

Monday morning tidbits

November, 14, 2011
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Ed Belfour, Joe Nieuwendyk, Doug Gilmour and Mark Howe will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame tonight in Toronto. You can watch the induction ceremony on the NHL Network. The broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. (CST).

Voting in underway for the NHL All-Star Game. Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson, Kari Lehtonen, Mike Ribeiro and Sheldon Souray are the Dallas Stars are on the ballot. There's a write-in option as well. Cast your vote at vote.nhl.com.

Five Stars on NHL All-Star Game ballot

November, 10, 2011
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Dallas Stars Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson, Kari Lehtonen, Mike Ribeiro and Sheldon Souray are the ballot for this season’s NHL All-Star Game.

Only Boston, Chicago, Anaheim and Pittsburgh, who all have six players on the ballot, have more than the Stars' five players.

Voting begins on November 14.

The 2012 NHL All-Star Game will be held in Ottawa on January 29.

Here's the release from the Stars:
The National Hockey League released its fan ballot today for the 2012 All-Star Game to be held at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on January 29. Five Dallas Stars – left wing Jamie Benn, left wing Loui Eriksson, goaltender Kari Lehtonen, center Mike Ribeiro and defenseman Sheldon Souray are on this year’s ballot that includes a total of 127 players.

Among the few features in the 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting are interactive online ballots in eight different languages, the most in NHL All-Star Fan Balloting history. Fans around the world will be able to vote online at NHL.com/vote in English, French, German, Czech, Finnish, Russian, Slovak and Swedish. Voting concludes Jan. 4, with the top six vote-getters by position - three forwards, two defensemen and goalie – set to take part in the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star GameŽ.

The 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting marks the sixth straight year the balloting process is entirely digital, with fans casting votes using interactive online ballots at NHL.com/vote, the microsite for the 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, and via mobile devices. The NHL.com/vote ballot will be optimized for iPad and other tablets.

Benn, 22, is looking to make his first NHL All-Star Game appearance this season. Through 14 games, he leads all Dallas Stars in scoring with five goals, 13 assists totaling 18 points. He also leads the club in assists (13) and faceoff percentage (54.7%). The Victoria, BC native became the only player in Dallas Stars history to register his 100th career NHL point before his 23rd birthday earlier this season (22 years, 89 days old).

Eriksson, 26, skated in his first NHL All-Star Game last season in Raleigh, NC. The Goteborg, Sweden native ranks second on the team in scoring with eight goals, and eight assists totaling 16 points in 14 games this season. Six of Eriksson’s eight goals in 2011-12 have come when the team in either tied in a game or trailing by one goal. The 6-2, 189-pound forward is coming off a 2010-11 campaign in which he was nominated for the Lady Byng Trophy, which is awarded annually to the League’s most gentlemanly player.

Looking to be selected to his first NHL All-Star Game, Lehtonen, 27, currently leads the League with 11 wins this season. The Helsinki, Finland native was selected as the NHL’s “Second Star of the Month,” after posting an 8-1-0 record with a .974 save percentage and a 1.75 goals against average for the month of October. Lehtonen has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his 12 appearances this season and became the first goaltender in Dallas Stars history to commence a regular season with seven consecutive victories.

Ribeiro, 31, made his first and only All-Star Game appearance in 2008 at Atlanta. The Montreal, QC native is tied for second on the team in assists (9) and leads all Dallas forwards in time-on-ice per game (19:20). The 6-0, 179-pound forward played in all of Dallas’ 82 games last season, posting 19 goals and 52 assists (71 points).

Souray, 35, has skated in three previous All-Star Games (2005, 2007, 2009). Through 14 games this season, Souray leads all Dallas defensemen in scoring with four goals and nine assists totaling 13 points. The Elk Point, Alberta native leads all NHL defensemen with a plus/minus rating of +11 and is third in goal scoring (4).

Loui Eriksson shines in All-Star Game

January, 30, 2011
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Stars forward Loui Eriksson scored two goals – including the game-winner – and added two assists for Team Lidstrom, which defeated Team Staal 11-10 at the NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh on Sunday.

Eriksson’s four points were tied for the game-high, which should have put him in the running for the MVP honors but that went to Team Staal’s Patrick Sharp, who had one goal and two assists.

Eriksson didn’t seem concerned about any postgame honors.

"There were a lot of good players out there with a lot of points. It didn't matter to me. I just had a lot of fun out there," Eriksson told ESPN.com.

The game’s MVP did give a tip of the hat to Eriksson.

“I thought usually the winning team gets it. I was surprised I won,” Sharp said on the NHL Network after the game. “I thought Loui Eriksson had a couple points out there, scored some nice goals and what about Nicklas Lidstrom? He was a plus-seven.”

Eriksson played primarily on a line with Jonathan Toews and Martin Havlat. He scored in the first period, beating Cam Ward from close range to cut Team Staal’s lead to 4-3.

He set up an Anze Kopitar goal in the second period when the two got a two-on-zero break and passed the puck back and forth before Kopitar finished off the play.

Eriksson came close to scoring another goal in the second period, but his breakaway bid was stopped by Montreal goalie Carey Price.

He set Toews on a goal that tied the game 9-9. After taking a pass from Eriksson, Toews made a nice spin move and then beat Rangers goalies Henrik Lundqvist.

Eriksson’s game-winner was an empty net goal with 1:11 remaining that put Team Lidstrom up 11-9.

“I had a lot of time to put it in," he told ESPN.com. "It was nice to get that. It was the game-winner after all.”

Eric Staal scored with 34 seconds left to make it an 11-10 game.

Stars center Brad Richards, who played on a line with Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis, had one assist for Team Lidstrom. He picked up an assist on a Stamkos goal in the second period.

ESPN.com's All-Star Game coverage is here.

Quotable

"I think the MVP went to the hardest worker today, that's for sure. He deserved it. We were kind of laughing, we thought it would be funny if Loui Eriksson could get two empty-net goals at the end for the hat trick and steal the car from him."

- Jonathan Toews on Patrick Sharp winning the MVP award at the NHL All-Star Game
Team Lidstrom and Team Staal have determined which players will take part in the various events at tonight's NHL SuperSkills competition in Raleigh.

Dallas Stars Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson will both take part in the Skills Challenge Relay.

Richards also will compete in Accuracy Shooting.

Eriksson will take part in the Breakaway Challenge.

The Elimination Shootout involves all players, so Richards and Eriksson will take part in that as well.

The SuperSkills competition is at 6 p.m. (Central Time) on Versus.

For the complete list of events, what they entail and list of players competing, click here.

Richards, Eriksson to play on Team Lidstrom

January, 28, 2011
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Dallas Stars forwards Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson will be teammates at the NHL All-Star game on Sunday as members of Team Lidstrom.

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, one of the two All-Star captains, took Richards in the 11th round (22nd overall) of the NHL All-Star fantasy draft Friday night in Raleigh. Eriksson was selected in the 17th round (34th overall) .

Carolina's Eric Staal is the other captain and had the first overall pick in the draft. He used that to pick his teammate, Carolina goaltender Cam Ward.

Lidstrom used his first round pick to take Tampa Bay forward Steven Stamkos.

Vancouver's Sedin twins went in the third round. Team Staal took Daniel and Team Lidstrom took Henrik.

Eric Staal took his brother, Marc of the New Rangers, in the seventh round (13th overall).

Toronto's Phil Kessel was the final player taken in the draft, going in the 18th round (36th overall).

The rosters for the game with the order of selection is here.

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