July 26, 1932|
Valleyfield, QC, CAN
|Died||December 10, 2013
Dayton, OH, USA
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|Played for||Omaha Knights
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's ice hockey|
|1960 Squaw Valley||Ice hockey|
Benoit was born in Valleyfield, Quebec and started playing professional hockey in 1948 for the Montreal Royals. After a five-year break he began playing again for the Trois-Rivières Lions. He had successful seasons with the Belleville McFarlands—the 1959 Team Canada that won the World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia. and also played for the Kingston Frontenacs in the late fifties. Benoit helped the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team get the silver medal in the 1960 Winter Olympics.
After his Olympic success he moved to the United States, where he was a player (and also a coach) for the Omaha Knights and Toledo Blades. In 1966 Benoit joined the Dayton Gems with whom he played until his retirement in 1970. He won Turner Cup twice—with the Blades in 1964, as the player-coach, and with the Gems in 1969, also sharing IHL 1968-69 best defenceman award with his teammate Alain Beaulé. Benoit also coached numerous youth hockey teams in Dayton throughout the 1970s. Benoit was inducted into the Dayton Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973 and died December 10, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio.
- "Gems stars biography"
- Maurice Benoit's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Maurice Benoit's obituary
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