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Benn wants to ‘kind of shove it in their face’ over Canada camp snub

Aug 27, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

Jamie Benn AP

One of the more surprising names left off of Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp list was Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn.

Stars fans may reap the benefits of him being left out of the camp in Calgary because he’s itching to prove they made a mistake as Mark Stepneski of Stars Inside Edge reports.

“It gives you a little fire. I think I said that in the interview back home, I just want to kind of shove it in their face,” Benn said. “It is what it is. I definitely want to be there. I’ll just have to prove myself the first half of the year.”

Benn was the Stars’ leading scorer last season and was second to Loui Eriksson the year before that. At 24 years old his game is only improving and now with Tyler Seguin and Sergei Gonchar in Dallas, the point production should continue.

To make matters better for the Stars, Benn says he thinks he’s in better shape this year and that should help. Maybe Team Canada will need to take another look towards Dallas when it comes time to pick their roster.

Related: Coach Ruff hopes Olympic camp snub motivates Benn

  1. sjsharks66 - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Didn’t you guys post this story like 3 weeks ago?

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    J Been and J Pominville are great examples of why I have concluded that teams Canada and USA are the most likely to take the silver and gold (I’d wait on posting a favorite for Gold until after the actual rosters are finalized).

    Lots of opinions have been posted for “likely to medal”, but I don’t see a lot of reasoning being presented. A very telling thing to me is the # of players in the NHL (world’s best league) by country. Another thing is seeing the releases of marginal NHL players (past prime, can’t stick with the parent club) chosing to play overseas. Sure, some players chose to stay in their country for personal reasons, some are playing inthe KHL currently as they can make more.

    But the bottom line is the pool of players each of the countries can draw from. Here are the top countries and # of players and games played last year

    Canada 484/14,321
    USA 220/6,418
    Sweden 63/1,846
    Czech R 44/1,409
    Russia 29/1,015
    Finland 30/875
    Slovakia 12/376
    Denmark 8/265
    Switzerland 8/256
    Germany 8/229

    Most of the teams just don’t have the depth to compete. I know the USA has not done well between 80 and 2010, and the # of US players has been progressively increasing. In 2006 there were 183 US players in the NHL, 64 Czechs. Go back 4 more years, there were 150 American players, 76 Czechs. The USA is clearly becoming more of a dominent country in the world of hockey.

    Lets reverse and look at examples of folks getting invited to other teams some have said will contend. Case in point, Marcus Kruger is on the Swedish invitee list. I’m a Hawks fan and am glad that they re-signed him, but there is no way he gets invited to the USA or Canadian teams. Swiss? only 10 of 48 invitees are slated to play in the NHL this year. If he were a USA or Canadian citizen, would Sven Baertschi get an invite?

  3. c9castine - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    im not sure that saying you want to “shove it in their face” is the way to go about earning your way on to the team, even if it is the offseason. pretty arrogant too, a guy who scored less points than pascal dupuis and was a -12, not a plus 31. dont hear him mouthing off. they are trying to build a team and those are the guys they see as potential pieces, deal with it and just go play hockey.

  4. lroc20 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    I still cant believe they invited Marchand over Benn.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      or Lucic for that matter. With the Big ice, You’d think you’d want a lot more speed.

      • scottybcboy - Aug 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM

        Right or wrong…..obviously rings count for something in the Team Canada management’s eyes.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 28, 2013 at 12:05 AM

        Don’t get me wrong. I’d take Lucic on my team any day. One of the toughest guys in the league and can notch 20+ goals easy… but he’s definitely not known for his foot speed. I’m a Phaneuf fan too, but even he’s out of place there, IMO.

        I doubt either will make the final 23.

    • Moop - Aug 28, 2013 at 12:57 AM

      Marchand has a lot more skill to his game than people seem to realize, although I’m sure Benn brings the same amount, if not more, without some of the dirty stuff you have to deal with from Marchand.

  5. scottybcboy - Aug 28, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    I agree with you Lupy, Marchand, Lucic and Benn will all miss out on a trip to Sochi.

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