Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rick Bennett
Rick Bennett, born in Springfield, Masshutussets on July 24, 1967, went on to a stellar career with the Providence College Friars. Bennett, who was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars following a successful season of highschool hockey with Wilbraham Monson Academy, joined the Friars in 1986 for a four-year stay. At the beginning of his third season, he was part of a seven-player trade completed between the North Stars and the New York Rangers. With his rights now belonging to the Blueshirts, he went out and compiled 46 points and earned Second Team All-America honours for his efforts. His senior year was the most rewarding personally as he was named to the Hockey East Second All-Star Team and nominated for the Hobey Baker Award.

Immediately following his final year of academic hockey, Bennett went straight to Broadway and suited up for six NHL games and scored his only NHL goal.

The following year, 1990-91, Bennett again played six games with the Rangers spending the rest of his time with their top minor league affiliate, the Binghamton Rangers. In 71 games with the farm club, Bennett scored 27 goals and 59 points. In 1991-92, Bennett again played briefly with the Rangers, dressing for three games and adding an assist, his second, and final, NHL point. The rest of the season was spent with in the AHL again. The following campaign, Bennett again played with the Binghamton Rangers before joining Springfield for the bulk of the next two AHL seasons.

In 1995-96, Bennett left the AHL to sign with the Jacksonville Lizard Kings of the East Coast Hockey League. The coaching bug had caught Bennett, and he also served as an assistant coach while putting up the best numbers of his career that season; lighting the lamp 28 times and scoring 62 points, both career highs.

His final two seasons, were spent with the Pee Dee Pride, also of the ECHL. Again Bennett was a player coach, and this helped his transition to his post-playing career. Bennett's career went full circle when he returned to Providence College in 2000 to join the coaching staff as an assistant.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Wilbraham & Monson Titans High-MA 20 30 69 99 25
1986-87 Providence College H-East 32 15 12 27 34
1987-88 Providence College H-East 33 9 16 25 70
1988-89 Providence College H-East 32 14 32 46 74
1989-90 Providence College H-East 31 12 24 36 74
1989-90 New York Rangers NHL 6 1 0 1 5 -4
1990-91 New York Rangers NHL 6 0 0 0 6 -2
1990-91 Binghamton Rangers AHL 71 27 32 59 206 10 2 1 3 27
1991-92 New York Rangers NHL 3 0 1 1 2 0
1991-92 Binghamton Rangers AHL 69 19 23 42 112 11 0 1 1 23
1992-93 Binghamton Rangers AHL 76 15 22 37 114 10 0 0 0 30
1993-94 Springfield Indians AHL 67 9 19 28 82 6 1 0 1 31
1994-95 Springfield Indians AHL 34 3 5 8 74
1994-95 Hershey Bears AHL 30 3 4 7 40 3 2 1 3 14
1995-96 Jacksonville Lizard Kings ECHL 67 28 34 62 182 18 5 10 15 30
1995-96 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
1996-97 Jacksonville Lizard Kings ECHL 64 23 33 56 120
1996-97 Albany River Rats AHL 4 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Pee Dee Pride ECHL 68 12 30 42 137 +6 8 3 2 5 14
1998-99 Pee Dee Pride ECHL 66 21 18 39 103 +23 11 3 1 4 33
NHL Totals 15 1 1 2 13


Hockey East Second All-Star Team (1990) Rights traded to NY Rangers by Minnesota with Brian Lawton and Igor Liba for Paul Jerrard, Mark Tinordi, Mike Sullivan, the rights to Bret Barnett and Los Angeles' 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Murray Garbutt) in 1989 NHL Draft, October 11, 1988.
Played w/ RHI's New Jersey R@R in 1996 (28-2-20-22-46) and Orlanda Jackals in 1997 (22-6-17-23-24).
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