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Brian Benning was a smart and mobile defenceman who helped five clubs during a career that lasted nearly 600 games. His excellent puck- handling skills and ability to hit the net from the point made him particularly useful on the power play. The talented rearguard was the younger brother of offensive defenceman Jim Benning.

The native of Edmonton, Alberta was drafted 26th overall by the St. Louis Blues after recording 47 points in 38 games for the WHL's Portland Winter Hawks. In 1984-85, he dealt with injuries but managed to play briefly with the Blues and the junior Kamloops Blazers.

Benning spent the 1985-86 season with the Canadian National Team then joined the Blues in the playoffs when they reached the semi-finals. The youngster enjoyed a productive rookie season in 1986-87 with 49 points, seven power play goals, and a respectable +2 plus/minus rating. He was placed on the league's All-Rookie team and remained a fixture on the St. Louis blueline for another two years.

The slick defender was acquired by the L.A. Kings early in the 1989-90 season. His mobility and confidence with the puck suited the club's wide-open style of play. Two years later he joined the Philadelphia Flyers and logged plenty of ice time on the rebuilding club. Late in the 1992-93 season he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers then suited up for Canada at the World Championships. Benning retired in 1995 after playing with the Florida Panthers during their first two seasons in the NHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 St. Albert Saints AJHL 57 8 38 46 81
1983-84 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 38 6 41 47 108
1984-85 Kamloops Blazers WHL 17 3 18 21 26
1984-85 St. Louis Blues NHL 4 0 2 2 0 -6
1985-86 Canada Nat-Tm 60 6 13 19 43
1985-86 St. Louis Blues NHL 0 6 1 2 3 13
1986-87 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 13 36 49 110 +2 6 0 4 4 9
1987-88 St. Louis Blues NHL 77 8 29 37 107 -5 10 1 6 7 25
1988-89 St. Louis Blues NHL 66 8 26 34 102 -23 7 1 1 2 11
1989-90 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 1 1 2 2 -3
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 48 5 18 23 104 +1 7 0 2 2 10
1990-91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 61 7 24 31 127 +12 12 0 5 5 6
1991-92 Los Angeles Kings NHL 53 2 30 32 99 +4
1991-92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 22 2 12 14 35 -9
1992-93 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 37 9 17 26 93 0
1992-93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 18 1 7 8 59 -1
1992-93 Canada WC-A 8 1 2 3 0
1993-94 Florida Panthers NHL 73 6 24 30 107 -7
1994-95 Florida Panthers NHL 24 1 7 8 18 -6
NHL Totals 568 63 233 296 963 48 3 20 23 74


Brother of Jim
NHL All-Rookie Team (1987)
Traded to Los Angeles by St. Louis for Los Angeles' 3rd round choice (Kyle Reeves) in 1991 Entry Draft, November 10, 1989. Traded to Pittsburgh by Los Angeles with Jeff Chychrun and Los Angeles' 1st round choice (later traded to Philadelphia - Philadelphia selected Jason Bowen) in 1992 Entry Draft for Paul Coffey, February 19, 1992. Traded to Philadelphia by Pittsburgh with Mark Recchi and Los Angeles' 1st round choice (previously acquired, Philadelphia selected Jason Bowen) in 1992 Entry Draft for Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson, Ken Wregget and Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Dave Roche) in 1993 Entry Draft, February 19, 1992. Traded to Edmonton by Philadelphia for Greg Hawgood and Josef Beranek, January 16, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 13, 1993.