Brian Benning

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Brian Benning
Born (1966-06-10) June 10, 1966 (age 48)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for St. Louis Blues
Los Angeles Kings
Philadelphia Flyers
Edmonton Oilers
Florida Panthers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 26th overall, 1984
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1985–1995

Brian Anthony Benning (born June 10, 1966) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played ten seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, and Florida Panthers. He is the younger brother of current Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning.[1][2] He is also the father of Boston Bruins prospect Matt Benning.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Benning was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 2nd round, 26th overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He made his debut in the NHL during the 1984–1985 season with the Blues, playing in 4 games. Benning finally got the chance to have a full-time job in the NHL during the 1986–1987 season. That year he played in 78 games with the Blues and scored a career high 49 points. Benning then played 2 more full seasons with the Blues before being traded at the beginning of the 1989–1990 to the Los Angeles Kings. He played 3 seasons there before having brief stints with the Philadelphia Flyers and Edmonton Oilers.

Benning finished out his career with the Florida Panthers. He was on the original 1993–1994 Panthers team that surprised many by nearly making the playoffs. He retired after the 1994–1995 season.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1983–84 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 38 6 41 47 108
1984–85 Kamloops Blazers WHL 17 3 18 21 26
1984–85 St. Louis Blues NHL 4 0 2 2 0
1985–86 St. Louis Blues NHL 6 1 2 3 13
1986–87 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 13 36 49 110 6 0 4 4 9
1987–88 St. Louis Blues NHL 77 8 29 37 107 10 1 6 7 25
1988–89 St. Louis Blues NHL 66 8 26 34 102 7 1 1 2 11
1989–90 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 1 1 2 2
1989–90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 48 5 18 23 104 7 0 2 2 6
1990–91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 61 7 24 31 127 12 0 5 5 6
1991-92 Los Angeles Kings NHL 53 2 30 32 99
1991–92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 22 2 12 14 35
1992–93 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 37 9 17 26 93
1992–93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 18 1 7 8 59
1993–94 Florida Panthers NHL 73 6 24 30 107
1994–95 Florida Panthers NHL 24 1 7 8 18
WHL totals 55 9 59 68 134
NHL totals 568 63 233 296 963 48 3 20 23 70

References[edit]

  1. ^ Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Benning. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2014 May 25.
  2. ^ Houston, William (January 7, 1984). "HOCKEY He's Meeker, but not milder". The Globe and Mail. 
  3. ^ Hockey's Future - Matt Benning. Hockey's Future. Retrieved 2014 May 25.

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