Dallas Stars name Benn organization’s sixth captain

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More information Former Stars captains • Mark Tinordi (1993-95) • Neal Broten (1995) • Derian Hatcher (1995-03) • Mike Modano (2003-06) • Brenden Morrow (2006-13)

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Jamie Benn is not one of the vocal leaders of the Dallas Stars.

He admitted to it as he methodically worked his way through a written statement at Thursday’s news conference at Dr Pepper StarsCenter.

It’s the sacrifice he’s demonstrated over his four seasons with the team that made him the easy pick for general manager Jim Nill and coach Lindy Ruff as the sixth captain in Stars history.

“I’ve seen over the years — he’s sacrificed a lot,” Nill said. “He’s a winger that became a center iceman. He’s taken on different roles with the team. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to win, and it’s the culmination of those things that says he wants to win at all costs, the right way.”

Benn follows Brenden Morrow to wear the green “C.” Morrow held the position for eight years before being traded to Pittsburgh last season.

Morrow was the only captain Benn has played with in his NHL career, but Benn said he hasn’t reached out to anyone for advice because his leadership style is just to continue being the player and teammate he has always been.

“I’m not going to change anything because I’m wearing the C,” Benn said. “I am who I am. I’m going on the ice and lead by example out there and that’s what I do best, play hard for my teammates.”

Benn said he had caught a hint that he might be in the running for the captaincy, and made a concerted effort to train and focus harder than before through this summer.

“I knew there was a hint that I might be captain this year, and I definitely took it seriously,” he said. “I had a good summer of training and coming into this year I wanted to be the captain of this team. “

Joining Benn in leadership roles are veterans Stephane Robidas and Ray Whitney as the Stars’ alternate captains.

“Jamie, you can tell this year at camp, he’s been different than last year,” Whitney said. “You could tell the conditioning he came in with and how he’s conducting himself off the ice, things are different for him.”

At 25, Benn represents the young guard of the Stars’ organization, but Whitney believes he’s more than ready to accept the challenge.

“It’s forcing him to become a man quickly, and he’s accepted that and is willing to go with it,” Whitney said.

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