On Tuesday morning, a trio of Dallas Stars got some great news as captain Jamie Benn (Canada), starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen (Finland) and rookie winger Valeri Nichushkin (Russia) each learned they were heading to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia as members of their respective national teams.
"The Dallas Stars are extremely proud of Jamie, Kari and Valeri for being selected to participate at the Olympic Games," said Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill in a club-issued press release. "It is a tremendous honor to represent one's country at the highest international stage and their experience at the Games will be invaluable for our own team as we approach the most competitive portion of our season."
This marks the first Olympics for each player. The Sochi games will run from Feb. 7-23.
Benn, who has made three appearances for Team Canada in international competition, is currently second on the Stars in goals with 15 and points with 37. He was an NHL All-Star in 2012 for ...