As kids growing up, playing outside on the frozen pond, we always envisioned ourselves playing under the bright lights of an NHL arena in front of a sellout crowd, giving our team the win by scoring the game-winning goal. Often times, it was a brother who would be out on that pond with us, taking part in our NHL reverie.
There’s only been a handful of brothers who have actually gotten the chance to see that dream come true. On Tuesday night, when the Dallas Stars take on the Detroit Red Wings at American Airlines Center, the Benn brothers will get a chance to live the dream.
Jamie Benn, the Stars’ leading scorer, is in his third year in the NHL and has slowly become the face of the franchise. But his older brother, Jordie, has never played a game in the NHL. Until tonight.
Jordie, a 24-year-old defenseman, was recalled from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League on Sunday. In 31 games in the AHL, Jordie Benn had 7 goals and 15 points. He will be half of the Stars’ third defensive pairing, skating alongside Mark Fistric.
“I think it’s going to be really special. It’s something I was definitely hoping would happen in the summer,” Jamie Benn said. “When he signed his contract, I knew there might be a chance. Tonight’s going to be special for me, him and our family.”
The Benns will be the sixth set of brothers to skate for the Stars franchise. The last pair to do so was Derian and Kevin Hatcher in 1996.