Jamie Benn scored the first and only goal of Friday’s semi-final Men’s Hockey game against the USA. Here’s what you need to know about Benn, and where his team will go from here:
1. He Helped Lift Canada Over the US
Team Canada’s defense has allowed just three goals in their first five games. They’ve yet to trail another team at any point during these Olympics, and that didn’t change Friday.
According to ESPN, Canada’s victory over the US is their fourth out of five Olympic meetings the two teams have had, since NHL players were approved for competition in the games in 1998.
2. He’s the Captain of the Dallas Stars
Benn was drafted by the Stars 129th overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft.
He scored his first NHL goal on October 11, 2009 against Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks. In February of that year, Benn started recieving more ice time after teammate Brad Richards went out with a concusiion. Benn proceeded to put together a six game goal scoring streak, and helped push the Stars into the playoffs.
Benn was named the Stars captain at the beginning of the 2013 season. Benn told Pink Puck of how he was taking his appointment:
“No added pressure, I’m not going to change anything that I do. I think the coaches here and the GM picked me because of the way I go about my business as a hockey player. For me being younger it’s obviously a big honor and being able to lead by example both on and off the ice.”
3. His Brother Also Plays in the Stars Organization
When asked how he got his start playing hockey, Jamie Benn told Pink Puck, “My mom threw my brother in TimBits when he was little, I guess she got sick of me one day, so she threw me out there too.”
His brother Jordie Benn made it all the way up to the NHL too, and also ended up with the Stars organization. Jamie is thrilled to be playing with his brother, saying, “It’s crazy, we grew up wanting to make the NHL, you don’t really dream of playing on the same team as your brother, it’s been a great experience. It’s one that we’re going to remember for the rest of our lives.”
4. He Got His Professional Start in the WHL
Before he made it to the big show, Benn refined his game with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. He led the Rockets to an Ed Chynoweth Cup, scoring a team-high 46 goals in just 56 games.
While he gives a lot of credit to Kelowna’s organization for providing him support at a critical point in his career, its his family whose support proved most crucial:
“My parents gave me a lot of support along the way. Our sister has been there for us whenever we needed her and then my brother, being there for me and having him to compete against to get better each and every day both on and off the ice.”
5. Team Canada Will Play Sweden in the Final
Sweden topped Finland 2 to 1 in today’s other semifinal, setting up a gold medal game Sunday night that will pit Benn and Team Canada against the Swedes. The game will air 7 a.m. Sunday morning on NBC.