Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bobby Benson
At only 5'6' and 135 pounds, diminutive defenseman Bobby Benson played only one season in the NHL with the Boston Bruins, in 1924-25, recording one assist in eight games. But for Benson the NHL experience wasn't the highlight of his successful hockey career. He was in fact a part of Canada's hockey history before he ever turned pro.

Born in Winnipeg in 1894, Benson played four seasons with the Winnipeg Falcons of the Manitoba Hockey League, from 1913 to 1917. He spent the next two years in the military, during which time he played, along with the entire Falcons squad, for the Winnipeg 223rd Scandinavian Battalion team. In 1920 Benson competed in a hockey tournament that would prove to be the true highlight of his career. When he was a member of the 1920 Canadian Olympic team that traveled to Antwerp, Belgium, for the first and only time that ice hockey was played in the Summer Olympics.

In those days, Canada didn't select a national team composed of the top talent from around the country; instead, the nation's top amateur club earned the right to wear the national colors. Benson's Winnipeg Falcons, led by coach Frank Rankin and general manager and secretary William Hewitt, had a strong nucleus made up mostly of players of Icelandic descent, including team captain and center Frank Fredrickson, forward Chris Fridfinnson and winger Slim Halderson. They defeated the University of Toronto seniors in a two game Allan Cup final series in March 1920 and were invited to represent Canada at the Olympics, where they won gold.

After the Games, Benson had a whirlwind career as a pro. He signed as a free agent with the Saskatoon Crescents of the Western Canada Hockey League, where he played two seasons before being traded to the Calgary Tigers of the same league. After three more seasons he was traded again, this time to the Montreal Maroons, on January 6, 1925. But that same day he was traded to the Bruins for Alf Skinner. After his brief stint with Boston he returned to Saskatoon but was traded to Edmonton of the Western Hockey League a few months later. Then came seasons with the Moose Jaw Maroons, Minneapolis Miners, Seattle Eskimos and Hollywood Stars, all in various professional and semipro leagues in the western part of Canada and the U.S. This nomadic pro career may obscure the fact that Bobby Benson was a key defensive skater in Canada's early Olympic hockey history.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1912-13 Winnipeg Strathconas WSrHL 8 3 0 3 2 0 0 0 0
1913-14 Winnipeg Falcons MHL-Sr. 12 2 0 2
1914-15 Winnipeg Falcons MHL-Sr. 8 3 0 3 2 0 0 0 6
1915-16 Winnipeg Falcons MHL-Sr. 7 2 0 2 12
1916-17 Winnipeg 223rd Battalion MHL-Sr. 8 3 1 4 4
1917-18
1918-19
1919-20 Winnipeg Falcons MHL-Sr. 9 2 1 3 26
1919-20 Winnipeg Falcons Al-Cup 6 0 5 5 13
1919-20 Canada Olympics 3 1 0 1 2
1920-21 Saskatoon Crescents SSHL 16 12 1 13 39 4 2 1 3 12
1921-22 Saskatoon<196>Moose Jaw WCHL 23 9 4 13 21
1922-23 Calgary Tigers WCHL 27 7 1 8 22
1923-24 Calgary Tigers WCHL 26 5 5 10 24 2 0 0 0 4
1923-24 Calgary Tigers West-P 3 0 1 1 0
1923-24 Calgary Tigers St-Cup 2 0 0 0 0
1924-25 Calgary Tigers WCHL 9 0 1 1 4
1924-25 Boston Bruins NHL 8 0 1 1 4
1925-26 Saskatoon Crescents WHL 12 0 0 0 0
1925-26 Edmonton Eskimos WHL 12 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
1926-27 Moose Jaw Maroons PrHL 32 6 4 10 65
1927-28 Winnipeg Maroons AHA 2 0 0 0 0
1927-28 Minneapolis Millers AHA 21 2 0 2 36 8 0 1 1 23
1928-29 Minneapolis Millers AHA 40 3 4 7 92 4 0 0 0 2
1929-30 Seattle Eskimos PCHL 36 2 3 5 82
1930-31 Seattle Eskimos PCHL 33 2 2 4 76 4 0 0 0 8
1931-32 Hollywood Stars Cal-Pro 1 1 2
NHL Totals 8 0 1 1 4


Signed as a free agent by Saskatoon (WCHL), November 14, 1921. Transferred to Moose Jaw (WCHL) after Saskatoon (WCHL) franchise relocated, February 1, 1922. Returned to Saskatoon (WCHL) after Moose Jaw (WCHL) franchise relocated, October 26, 1922. Traded to Calgary (WCHL) by Saskatoon (WCHL) for Rube Brandow, November 27, 1922. Traded to Mtl. Maroons by Calgary (WCHL) for cash, January 3, 1925. Traded to Boston by Mtl. Maroons with Bernie Morris for Alf Skinner, January 3, 1925. Signed as a free agent by Saskatoon (WHL), October 27, 1925. Traded to Edmonton (WHL) by Saskatoon (WHL) for cash, January 17, 1926. Signed as a free agent by Moose Jaw (PrHL), November 15, 1926. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg (AHA), December 29, 1927. Traded to Minneapolis (AHA) by Winnipeg (AHA) for cash, January 9, 1928.