Hamburg, Germany (4E Sports) – Bored by lack of competition due to NHL lockout, Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn has signed an agreement to play for the Hamburg Freezers of the German Hockey League.
“In the last week, I made the decision to not only want to train longer, but I want a team to join. Honestly, I was in the weight room and without competition, it has gotten way too boring,” Benn said during an interview after signing with the Freezers.
“From the moment when I had made the decision to go to Europe, everything went really fast: Hamburg was interested and the team was perfect for me,” added Benn, who was a first-time All-Star last season after scoring 26 goals and 37 assists for 63 points.
In 222 games with the Stars, Benn has tallied 70 goals and 90 assists for 160 points.
“He (Benn) has all the offensive skills, is very dangerous, technically and physically strong. At age 23, he is still young and evolving. Jamie is looking forward to his job in Hamburg and is glad that the game break is now over for him,” said Freezers sports director Stephane Richer, adding that Benn may play against Mannheim Friday.
Richer also said that Benn has signed to play until the end of the season but he can opt-out of the deal when the NHL lockout ends.
Benn was the third Stars player to sign overseas during the lockout. Jaromir Jagr is playing with Kladno in the Czech Republic and Philip Larsen has signed with Lukko in Finland.