Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Benson
Winnipeg, Manitoba native Bill Benson spent three seasons with the Winnipeg Monarchs or the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. Born July 29, 1920, Benson joined the National Hockey League twenty years later, singing his first professional contract, with the New York Americans, on October 11th, 1940. Splitting his season equally with the Americans and their farm team, the Springfield Indians, Benson suited up for 22 games in each league. In the NHL, Benson, a centre, scored three goals and four assists. In the minors, he matched his NHL goal output, but added two more assists then he had totalled in the big leagues for nine points.

The following season, Benson spent the entire year with the Americans, suiting up for 45 games and scoring eight goals and 29 points. After his first full campaign in the NHL, the Brooklyn Americans franchise folded and Benson was unable to catch on with another NHL team. He spent the 1942-43 season playing Senior hockey.

Military service interrupted his career for the next two years while Benson served his country. Following the war, Benson returned to professional hockey, but not the NHL. After a season with the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League, Benson began a four-year run with the Pittsburgh Hornets, also of the AHL. Benson never produced less then 15-goals in his final four seasons of professional hockey, and he retired following the 1949-50 campaign.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1937-38 Winnipeg Monarchs MJHL 20 7 10 17 2 5 1 3 4 0
1938-39 Winnipeg Monarchs MJHL 21 18 12 30 2 7 6 3 9 2
1939-40 Winnipeg Monarchs MJHL 24 19 20 39 16 7 5 4 9 2
1940-41 New York Americans NHL 22 3 4 7 4
1940-41 Springfield Indians AHL 22 3 6 9 4
1941-42 Brooklyn Americans NHL 45 8 21 29 31
1942-43 Sydney Navy NSDHL 3 3 4 7 0
1942-43 Winnipeg Navy WNDHL 2 1 0 1 0
1943-44
1944-45
1945-46 Cleveland Barons AHL 14 3 4 7 4 9 0 0 0 2
1946-47 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 64 20 22 42 26 12 4 3 7 4
1947-48 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 65 18 20 38 13 2 0 0 0 0
1948-49 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 67 18 22 40 24
1949-50 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 63 15 13 28 0
NHL Totals 67 11 25 36 35


Signed as a free agent by NY Americans, October 11, 1940. Team name changed to Brooklyn Americans prior to 1941-42 season.