Justin DiBenedetto

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Justin DiBenedetto
2013-10-05 Justin DiBenedetto 01.jpg
Justin DiBenedetto 2013
Born (1988-08-25) August 25, 1988 (age 25)
Mississauga, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
New York Islanders
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
NHL Draft 175th overall, 2008
New York Islanders
Playing career 2009–present

Justin DiBenedetto (born August 25, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently an alternate captain with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL).[1] DiBenedetto was drafted 175th overall by the New York Islanders during the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He currently plays for Swedish team, Örebro HK.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

DiBenedetto began his junior hockey career with the Toronto St. Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey League in the 2004–05 season, recording nine points in 64 games as a rookie, followed by no points in nine playoff games. In the 2005–06 season, DiBenedetto saw his production increase, as he earned 30 points in 61 games, followed by a goal in four playoff contests. During the off-season, the Majors traded DiBenedetto to the Sarnia Sting.

DiBenedetto joined the Sting for the 2006–07 season, where he once again saw an increase in his production, as he finished with 63 points in 58 games, as well as a team high +21 rating. In the playoffs, DiBenedetto had three points in four games.[2]

In 2007–08, DiBenedetto saw another big increase in his point production, as he finished second on the Sting with 93 points in 58 games. DiBenedetto then had ten points in nine playoff games for Sarnia. During the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Islanders drafted DiBenedetto in the sixth round.[3]

DiBenedetto returned to Sarnia for his overage season in 2008–09, where in 62 games, he scored 45 goals an 93 points to lead the Sting, and finish third in the OHL scoring race, in five playoff games Justin had three assists. Following his successful campaign he was named to the OHL's Second All-Star team and was awarded the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as the top overage player of the year.[4]

Professional[edit]

When the Sting were eliminated from the playoffs, Justin signed a three-year entry level contract with the New York Islanders on April 9, 2009.[5] He was then assigned to the Islanders affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL for the playoffs. In three post-season games with Bridgeport, DiBenedetto scored a goal.

He returned to the Sound Tigers for the 2009–10 season.

DiBenedetto appeared in 8 games for the Islanders in the 2010-11 season, recording 1 assist and a -2 rating.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 64 3 6 9 37 9 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 61 17 13 30 58 4 1 0 1 11
2006–07 Sarnia Sting OHL 58 28 35 63 46 4 2 1 3 4
2007–08 Sarnia Sting OHL 58 39 54 93 61 9 3 7 10 12
2008–09 Sarnia Sting OHL 62 45 48 93 85 5 0 3 3 12
2008–09 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 3 1 0 1 4
2009–10 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 67 6 8 14 62
2010–11 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 51 19 11 30 45
2010–11 New York Islanders NHL 8 0 1 1 2
2011–12 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 15 9 4 13 9
NHL totals 8 0 1 1 2

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year(s)
OHL Second All-Star Team 2009
Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy - OHL's Best Overage Player 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hocke - Roster - SoundTigers.com". Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  2. ^ "DiBenedetto OHL player profile". Ontario Hockey League. 2008-10-02. Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  3. ^ "2008 NHL Entry Draft". hockeydb.com. 2008-06-01. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  4. ^ "Justin DiBenedetto named OHL's overage player of the year". Ontario Hockey League. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2010-07-17. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Islanders sign two prospects". New York Islanders. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 

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