Harvey Bennett Sr.

Harvey Alexander Bennett Sr. (July 23, 1925 – November 21, 2004) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.

Harvey Bennett Sr.
Born (1925-07-23)July 23, 1925
Ettington, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died November 21, 2004(2004-11-21) (aged 79)
Cranston, Rhode Island, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Boston Bruins
Providence Reds
Playing career 1944–1959

Perhaps Bennett's most famous feat was surrendering Maurice Richard's goal that established scoring 50 goals in 50 games. This goal was scored for the Bruins' nemesis Montreal Canadiens on March 18, 1945.[1]


He was born in Ettington, Saskatchewan and married Diana Helen Sullivan (youngest of nine sisters). Of his six sons, Harvey Bennett Jr., Curt Bennett, and Bill Bennett all played in the NHL. John Bennett played in the WHA, and Jimmy Bennett was a 1977 draft pick of the Atlanta Flames who played professionally in the International Hockey League with the Muskegon Mohawks and also in the old Central Hockey League with the Birmingham Bulls.[2] His youngest son, Peter Bennett, drowned after falling through ice.[3]


  1. ^ Stubbs, Dave (March 18, 2017). "Maurice Richard becomes first to score 50 goals". NHL.com. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=264319
  3. ^ Divver, Mark (January 28, 2013). "Harvey Bennett's impact will be everlasting". The Providence Journal. Retrieved December 19, 2018.

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