...What he became instead is a bona fide superstar, one of the most thrilling players in the NHL, and he did the whole thing in Texas. Moving here from British Columbia at 20 was a big step, but talking to Benn about how accepted he feels in his new hometown, you understand that Southern hospitality is alive and well. He couldn't be more proud to be a citizen of Dallas, and a Texas Rangers fan to boot.
The rest of the sporting world is paying attention. When Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Bodreau was asked about Benn, he said, "If he was playing in Toronto, they'd be making statues of him." At least during that run, Dallas, a great hockey town when it fancies, probably would have levied a tax to build one. And if Benn and his even younger partner in goals, Tyler Seguin, can fulfill their potential, they'll be making room in Victory Plaza someday.