Matthew Benning (born May 25, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 175th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins.
May 25, 1994|
St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|NHL team||Edmonton Oilers|
175th overall, 2012|
Benning played two seasons of Junior A hockey for the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), one season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints junior team, then played for the Northeastern University Huskies from 2013 to 2016.
As Benning remained an un-signed draft pick of the Boston Bruins, he opted to sign a two-year, entry-level contract with his hometown club, the Edmonton Oilers on August 27, 2016.
After attending his first Oilers training camp, he unexpectedly made the Oilers opening night roster for the 2016–17 season. After sitting as a healthy scratch, he was reassigned to make his professional debut with AHL affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors. After two games with the Condors, Benning was recalled and made his NHL debut against the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 1, 2016. He scored his first NHL goal against Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils on January 7, 2017.
Benning was born in St. Albert, Alberta in 1994. Benning is the son of former NHL defenseman Brian Benning, who was born in Edmonton and played for the same AJHL Saints franchise (then located in St. Albert) 27 years before his son, and also featured with the Oilers through his 10-year, 568 game career. His uncle, Jim Benning, played 10 seasons as an NHL defenseman and is the current general manager to the NHL's Vancouver Canucks.
|2010–11||Spruce Grove Saints||AJHL||43||0||7||7||65||13||0||1||1||20|
|2011–12||Spruce Grove Saints||AJHL||44||4||14||18||87||11||2||1||3||16|
|2012–13||Dubuque Fighting Saints||USHL||57||10||16||26||73||11||1||1||2||6|
- "College free agent, Matt Benning signs with Oilers". Edmonton Journal. 2016-08-27. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
- "Benning not to blame for loss". thehockeywriters.com. 2016-11-04. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
- Frankson, Ryan (7 January 2017). "GAME STORY: Oilers 2, Devils 1". NHL.com. Newark, NJ: Edmonton Oilers. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
- "Oilers ink St. Albert's Matt Benning to two-year deal". CBC.ca. 2016-08-27. Retrieved 2016-08-27.