Hockey: A Q & A with the NHL's leading goal scorer, Dallas' Jamie Benn
Jamie Benn is one of the top players in the NHL. The Dallas Stars left wing leads the league in goals with 19. Yet he’s able to keep a low profile in a town where the Cowboys dominate the conversation and other big-name athletes like Dirk Nowitzki...
Jamie Benn is one of the top players in the NHL. The Dallas Stars left wing leads the league in goals with 19. Yet he's able to keep a low profile in a town where the Cowboys dominate the conversation and other big-name athletes like Dirk Nowitzki and Prince Fielder grab the spotlight.
Benn, with his understated personality, seems fine with that. He visited with The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday to discuss a variety of topics. But his comments about his ability to stay under the radar in North Texas were particularly interesting.
Q: What's it like when you go out now? Are you recognized?
A: I think the people in Dallas are pretty easy-going. You get the odd fan that recognizes you. But we can pretty much go anywhere and we can have our space.
Q: Is that pretty cool?
A:Yeah, it's definitely nice to have. There are a lot of other places you go that you pretty much can't go anywhere.
Q: Where do you get mobbed?
A: Big hockey towns up in Canada. You really got to watch whatever you do, wherever you are. The people of Dallas and around Texas are pretty good about keeping away.
Q: Do you think other players in hockey realize how nice of an advantage it is to maintain some level of anonymity?
A: It's definitely nice for us. I think some of the young guys here probably realize how good we do have it down here just with everything, the nice people, the weather. I can go wherever and people will give you your space. It's definitely nice to have. But like I said there is the odd person who wants stuff or wants to take a picture.
Q: When you go to the hockey towns, what's it like?
A: There are always a set of eyes on you somewhere wherever you're going. You've got to be careful with everything you do and you may get bugged more than in other towns. But that's just part of the job and business and you have to respect people for wanting a picture. There's nothing wrong with that.