Jamie Benn Out 6 Weeks After Surgery, World Cup in Question

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury on July 14. The surgery was deemed successful and the former Art Ross trophy winner’s availability for the 2016-17 season shouldn’t be affected.

Jim Nill released a statement on behalf of the Dallas Stars organization regarding the surgery:

Jamie Benn underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury on Thursday, July 14 at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, PA. His operation, performed by Dr. Bill Meyers, went as planned. His full recovery time is expected to be six weeks, putting him on schedule to be ready for the 2016-17 season. Jamie will be re-evaluated after the six-week rehabilitation process, at which time, his availability for the World Cup of Hockey will be determined.” – Jim Nill, Stars’ general manager

While Benn should be fine for the NHL’s regular season, his status for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey is in jeopardy. As noted in the statement from Nill, Benn will be re-evaluated following the six-week rehabilitation process. At that time, his status for the World Cup will be clearer.

Over the last three seasons, Jamie Benn has been among the league’s best, and most durable players. The soon-to-be 27-year-old forward has skated in 245 out of a possible 246 games, tallying 110 goals and 255 points. His successes have been noticed by the entire NHL, and he was a finalist for the Hart trophy in 2016.

Jamie Benn has represented Canada three times in his career, winning gold in 2009 at the World Junior Championships, a fifth place finish at the World Championships in 2012, and winning gold again at the Olympics in 2014. Internationally, Benn has scored 9 goals and 13 points in 20 games between both Junior and Senior games.