Rick Bennett

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Rick Bennett
Born (1967-07-24) July 24, 1967 (age 49)
Springfield, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
NHL Draft 54th overall, 1986
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1990–1999
Rick Bennett
Sport(s) Ice hockey
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Union
Biographical details
Born (1967-07-24) July 24, 1967 (age 49)
Springfield, MA, USA
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2000–05 Providence (assistant)
2005–07 Union (assistant)
2007–11 Union (associate head coach)
2011–present Union
Head coaching record
Overall 137–69–30 (.644)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2014 NCAA Championship
ECAC Regular Season Championship (2011-12, 2013-14, 2016-17),
ECAC Tournament Championship (2012, 2013, 2014)
Awards
2014 Spencer Penrose Award
2012 Tim Taylor Award
2017 Tim Taylor Award

Eric John "Rick" Bennett (born July 24, 1967) is a retired American ice hockey left winger. He is currently the head coach of the Union Dutchmen ice hockey team at Union College where he is under contract to coach through the 2021-22 season. He has led the Dutchmen to three ECAC Hockey regular season titles (2011-12, 2014-14 & 2016-17), three ECAC Hockey tournament titles (2012, 2013 & 2014), four NCAA Tournament appearances (2012, 2013, 2014 & 2017), two Frozen Fours (2012 & 2014) and one NCAA championship title (2014) by defeating Minnesota. Bennett won ECAC Hockey's Tim Taylor Award for conference coach of the year twice (2012 & 2017) and won the American Hockey Coaches Association's Spencer Penrose Award for NCAA Division I coach of the year in 2014.

Bennett is currently married, has five children and resides in Clifton Park, NY.

Playing career[edit]

Bennett was a four-year letterwinner (1986-90) and co-captain at Providence, where he was recognized as a Hobey Baker finalist (1990) and two-time winner of the Lou Lamoriello Trophy as team MVP. He was named an All-American during the 1988-89 season and earned All-Hockey East Second Team honors in 1990. A left-winger, Bennett finished with 134 points (50 goals, 84 assists) in 128 career games. Bennett skated on the famed B-B-G line, along with center Mike Boback and right wing Robbie Gaudreau. Rick, who graduated with a B.A. in general studies, was inducted into the Providence College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.[1]

Bennett was a third-round draft pick (54th overall) of the Minnesota North Stars in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. His draft rights were later traded to the New York Rangers. Bennett appeared in 15 games with the Rangers over three seasons (1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92). Bennett's 10-year professional career also included stints with the Binghamton Rangers (AHL), Springfield Indians (AHL), Hershey Bears (AHL), Springfield Falcons (AHL), Albany River Rats (AHL), Cincinnati Cyclones (IHL), Jacksonville Lizard Kings (ECHL) and Pee Dee Pride (ECHL). Bennett served as a player assistant coach for the Jacksonville Lizard Kings and Pee Dee Pride.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Union (ECAC Hockey) (2011–present)
2011–2012 Union 26–8–7 14–4–4 1st[3] NCAA Frozen Four
2012–2013 Union 22–13–5 10–8–4 4th[4] NCAA Regional Finals
2013–2014 Union 32–6–4 18–3–1 1st[5] NCAA Champions
2014–2015 Union 19-18-2 18-13-1 10th[6] ECAC Quarterfinals
2015–2016 Union 13-14-9 6-10-6 9th[7] ECAC First Round
2016–2017 Union 25-10-3 16-4-2 T-1st[8] NCAA Regional Semifinals
Union: 137–69–30 82–42–18
Total: 137–69–30

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 1986–87 [9]
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 1988–89 [10]
All-Hockey East Second Team 1989–90 [11]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nate Leaman
Tim Taylor Award
2011–12
Succeeded by
Rand Pecknold
Preceded by
Norm Bazin
Spencer Penrose Award
2013–14
Succeeded by
Mike Hastings
Preceded by
Rand Pecknold
Tim Taylor Award
2016–17
Succeeded by