28 April 1972 |
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)|
|HC Plzeň 1929
BK Mladá Boleslav
Zlín ZPS HC
Litvínov CHP HC
Born in Belgium to Czech parents, Benda started his career in the OHL with the Oshawa Generals, where he played with future NHL stars such as Eric Lindros, Jason Arnott, and Stephane Yelle. In his final year with the Generals, he would finish with 35 points in 61 games. After playing 2 seasons in Germany, Benda would return to North America for the 1994-95 ECHL season to play for the Richmond Renegades. He would finish the season with 60 points in 62 games, which ranked fifth on the team that season. That season, he also briefly played for Binghamton Rangers, the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers. The next two seasons, Benda would play for HC Sparta Praha.
Benda would later return to North America for the 1997-98 season, where he was assigned to the Washington Capitals AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates. He was later recalled to play for the Capitals, where he would score three assists in nine games. Upon completion of the 1997-98 season, Benda would return to Europe. He would play the next three seasons in SM-Liiga, where he would lead his team in points during the 1998-99 season (with Ässät Pori) and in 1999-2000 (with Jokerit). Benda would leave SM-Liiga in 2001 to sign with Ak Bars Kazan of the Russian Superleague. He would spend the next three seasons in Kazan and would split his final year between Khimik Voskresensk and Cherepovets Severstal.
Benda played for HC Plzeň 1929 and scored 35 points in 51 regular season games during the 2009-10 season.
The 2014-15 season saw Benda score 10 goals and dish 29 assists in 42 games for Deggendorf Fire in the German Oberliga. For the 2015-16 season, he moved to ECDC Memmingen, a member of the Bayernliga in Germany. Along with his playing duties he served as a coach in the club's youth program. When ECDC head coach Alexander Wedl was sacked in January 2016, Benda took over head coaching duties on an interim basis.
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- "ECDC Memmingen trennt sich von Coach Alexander Wedl". ‚‘memmingen-sind-wir.de’’. 2016-01-06. Retrieved 2016-01-22.