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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.

Matt Benning
Born (1994-05-25) May 25, 1994 (age 24)
St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team Edmonton Oilers
NHL Draft 175th overall, 2012
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2016–present

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Playing careerEdit

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.[1]

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.[2] He scored his first NHL goal against Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils on January 7, 2017.[3]

PersonalEdit

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.[4]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
2013–14 Northeastern University HE 33 3 10 13 28
2014–15 Northeastern University HE 36 0 24 24 36
2015–16 Northeastern University HE 41 6 13 19 37
2016–17 Bakersfield Condors AHL 2 1 1 2 0
2016–17 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 3 12 15 29 12 0 3 3 12
2017–18 Edmonton Oilers NHL 73 6 15 21 49
2018–19 Edmonton Oilers NHL 70 5 12 17 33
NHL totals 205 14 39 53 111 12 0 3 3 12

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "College free agent, Matt Benning signs with Oilers". Edmonton Journal. 2016-08-27. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  2. ^ "Benning not to blame for loss". thehockeywriters.com. 2016-11-04. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  3. ^ Frankson, Ryan (7 January 2017). "GAME STORY: Oilers 2, Devils 1". NHL.com. Newark, NJ: Edmonton Oilers. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Oilers ink St. Albert's Matt Benning to two-year deal". CBC.ca. 2016-08-27. Retrieved 2016-08-27.

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