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Coach Ruff hopes Olympic camp snub motivates Benn

Jul 23, 2013, 9:04 AM EDT

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Hockey Canada extended invitations to 47 players for its upcoming Team Canada Olympic orientation camp.

Given the wealth of talent the nation has, it’s impossible to compile such a list without excluding noteworthy players, but one of the bigger snubs was Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn.

Benn is quickly emerging as a star in the NHL and at the age of 24, he has the potential to be a valuable player for his country for years to come. Despite that he didn’t even get an invite to the camp.

The British Columbia-native’s new head coach, Lindy Ruff, will be part of Team Canada and he said that Benn’s name has come up in the roster talks. He also thinks this snub can serve as motivation for Benn.

“You can say I am going to use these three months and put myself on the map, and make them make a hard decision,” Ruff told Stars Inside Edge. “The ball is in Jamie’s court. He’s going to have to outplay some players that are maybe ahead of him and use that as a tool to motivate himself. I’d like to put him in the best position possible to do that.”

In other words, Benn still has a shot to make the team.

Meanwhile, Benn’s Stars have made significant moves over the summer in the hope of ending their five-season playoff drought. Among other things, Dallas acquired 21-year-old forward Tyler Seguin, who will probably play on the same line as Benn. Seguin is another up-and-coming player that won’t be attending Team Canada’s camp.

  1. imacdane - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Benn >>> Kunitz

    Not even close.

    • hockey412 - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Actually of all the people you could have listed that Benn is greater than, you picked the one that IS close. In all honesty I think Benn should have warranted an invite, and I think that by the time he’s Kunitz’ age, he’ll be by far the better player, but Kunitz is one hell of a player made the cut on his own merits.

      I don’t believe Benn made the NHL first all-star team, either (I realize that whole thing is a joke, but it’s more evidence that Kunitz deserves the spot.

      • imacdane - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:37 AM

        Kunitz would be irrelevant if not for the fact that he plays with Malkin.

      • hockey412 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:23 AM

        Last time I looked, Kunitz hadn’t been playing with Malkin for a while. I’d further argue the point but I can tell you don’t watch the Pens, therefore rarely watch Kunitz, therefore have no clue what type of player he is. And homering for your guy is fine by me – but last time I looked, Benn wasn’t out there playing by himself either. Benn was not an all-star this year, yet the original point was that he is far and away better than another guy, a veteran, who was an all-star this year? Nah. He’s real good though.

  2. dlk75150 - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    We’ll just see about that! You go Jamie prove this guy wrong!

  3. dallasstars9 - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    As a long time fan of the Dallas Stars, I can’t wait for this season to start. It’s a completely different team from top to bottom, and I hope the local fans show their support by filling AAC!

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