Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Harvey Bennett
Center Harvey Bennett stood 6'4" and used his size and reach to good effect during his five year in the NHL. His large frame made him a difficult person to beat on faceoffs and move out from the slot.

Bennett spent the 1972-73 season at Boston College before turning pro. After scoring 31 goals for the IHL's Des Moines Capitols in 1973-74, the young pivot was signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He spent most of the 1974-75 season in the AHL with the Hershey Bears but made the Pens out of training camp in 1975.

Part way through the 1975-76 schedule Bennett was traded to the dreadful Washington Capitals for veteran left-winger Stan Gilbertson. He contributed solid two-way play for his new club and was picked to join Team USA at the inaugural Canada Cup in 1976. Two months after the tournament ended, Bennett joined his first good team when he was picked up to add depth down the middle on the Philadelphia Flyers.

Early in 1977-78, Bennett was shipped to the Minnesota North Stars where he scored eleven goals and played on a line with Alex Pirus and Tom Younghans. When the Stars failed to make the post-season, the big centre represented the USA at the World Championships. In 1978-79, he was a role player on the St. Louis Blues then spent the following year with the CHL's Birmingham Bulls. Bennett retired in 1982 after playing two years in Japan with the Furukawa Denko club.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Cranston High School High-RI
1969-70 Boston College Eagles ECAC 21 7 15 22 17
1970-71 Boston College Eagles ECAC 26 8 10 18 10
1971-72 Boston College Eagles ECAC 29 8 9 17 27
1972-73 Boston College Eagles ECAC 27 3 7 10 21
1973-74 Des Moines Capitols IHL 74 31 50 81 93 10 3 6 9 17
1974-75 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 7 0 0 0 0 -2
1974-75 Hershey Bears AHL 61 17 19 36 99 12 5 3 8 37
1975-76 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 25 3 3 6 53 +4
1975-76 Washington Capitals NHL 49 12 10 22 39 -27
1976-77 United States Can-Cup 4 0 2 2 2
1976-77 Washington Capitals NHL 18 2 6 8 34 -9
1976-77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 51 12 8 20 60 -9 4 0 0 0 2
1977-78 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 1 0 1 7 +1
1977-78 Minnesota North Stars NHL 64 11 10 21 91 -32
1977-78 United States WEC-A 8 3 0 3 19
1978-79 St. Louis Blues NHL 52 3 9 12 63 -18
1978-79 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 1 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Birmingham Bulls CHL 69 15 22 37 96 4 0 2 2 2
1980-81 Furukawa Denko Japan
1981-82 Furukawa Denko Japan 18 11 18 30
NHL Totals 268 44 46 90 347 4 0 0 0 2


Son of Harvey
Brother of Curt and Bill
Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, June 25, 1974. Traded to Washington by Pittsburgh for Stan Gilbertson, December 16, 1975. Traded to Philadelphia by Washington for cash, November 24, 1976. Traded to Minnesota by Philadelphia for Blake Dunlop and Minnesota's 3rd round choice (Gord Salt) in 1978 Amateur Draft, October 28, 1977. Traded to St. Louis by Minnesota for St. Louis' 2nd round choice (Jali Wahlsten) in 1981 Entry Draft, August 28, 1978. Traded to Atlanta by St. Louis for cash, November 6, 1979.