Stars captain Jamie Benn to have hip surgery, out 4-5 months
Benn, 25, played through the injury for much of the season. On Sunday, he clinched the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's points leader with 87, thanks to a hat trick in the Stars' 4–1 win over the Nashville Predators. He eclipsed New York Islanders center John Tavares for the trophy by a single point.
"He’ll be getting hip surgery," said Stars general manager Jim Nill in a report by The Dallas Morning News. "There were a lot of nights when we thought he wouldn't be playing, but he came to us and said, 'No, I’m a player.' That’s Jamie Benn. We didn't hear about it all season. That's Jamie Benn. To gut it out the way he did shows we've got a great leader on this team."
Benn, a six-year veteran, was a fifth-round draft pick, making him the lowest-drafted player to win the Art Ross Trophy. For the season, he finished with 35 goals and 52 assists in an average ice time of 19:57.
The Stars finished 41–31–10 with 92 points, missing the Western Conference playoffs by five points as the Calgary Flames secured the final spot with 97.
- Mike Fiammetta