Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Benny Woit
As a junior, Benny Woit put in a strong performance with the Port Arthur Flyers and Bruins of the TBJHL and the St. Mike's Majors of the OHA from 1944 to 1948. As property of the Detroit Red Wings' organization, he put in the customary minor-league apprenticeship with the Indianapolis Capitals of the AHL until 1951. At the close of the season, he was then summoned to taste his first NHL action with the Wings as they entered the playoffs.

The following year, Woit became a regular on the Wings' blueline. While the flashier players on the roster scored goals and excited fans, he held the fort with his rugged stay-at-home play. Some credit the almost anonymous rearguard with providing the foundational defensive play that allowed the Wings to corner the Stanley Cup over the years that followed.

With Sawchuk in goal and "The Production Line" up front, the Wings took the league championship in 1952, 1954, and 1955. Woit was there for each win, quietly doing his job in pure unsung fashion. After the close of the season, Woit was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks. In the Windy City, he seemed to feel out of place. He had been a fiercely loyal Red Wing and somehow, sporting another sweater just didn't work. He lasted just over one year with the Hawks and was then demoted to the minors.

His transition to the Rochester Americans of the AHL marked the beginning of a lengthy career as a minor-league vet that brought stops in Spokane, Providence, Kingston, Clinton, and New Jersey. Woit retired from the latter to take a one-year post as coach of the Westfort Hurricanes of the TBJHL in 1966-67.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1944-45 Port Arthur Flyers TBJHL 11 3 6 9 6 3 0 0 0 4
1945-46 Port Arthur Flyers TBJHL 4 1 1 2 8 10 0 6 6 10
1946-47 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 27 5 16 21 42 9 0 1 1 16
1946-47 St. Michael's Majors M-Cup 10 1 6 7 10
1947-48 Port Arthur Bruins TBJHL 8 3 11 14 21 5 4 0 4 26
1947-48 Port Arthur Bruins M-Cup 17 5 7 12 41
1948-49 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 68 3 12 15 30 2 0 1 1 0
1949-50 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 70 7 17 24 29 8 2 0 2 4
1950-51 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 69 8 22 30 40 3 0 0 0 0
1950-51 Detroit Red Wings NHL 2 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 2
1951-52 Detroit Red Wings NHL 58 3 8 11 20 8 1 1 2 2
1952-53 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 1 5 6 40 6 1 3 4 0
1953-54 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 0 2 2 38 12 0 1 1 8
1954-55 Detroit Red Wings NHL 62 2 3 5 22 11 0 1 1 6
1955-56 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 63 1 8 9 46
1956-57 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 9 0 0 0 2
1956-57 Rochester Americans AHL 47 4 12 16 54 8 1 1 2 6
1957-58 Rochester Americans AHL 52 2 7 9 40
1958-59 Spokane Spokes WHL 61 5 9 14 54 4 0 3 3 4
1959-60 Providence Reds AHL 30 1 2 3 16 5 1 1 2 0
1960-61 Providence Reds AHL 58 2 10 12 26
1961-62 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 5 0 1 1 6 1 0 0 0 6
1961-62 Clinton Comets EHL 51 8 23 31 51 6 1 2 3 4
1962-63 Clinton Comets EHL 63 8 15 23 57 13 3 6 9 12
1963-64 Clinton Comets EHL 69 12 35 47 78 15 5 7 12 31
1964-65 Clinton Comets EHL 71 4 36 40 68 11 0 4 4 4
1965-66 Jersey Devils EHL 38 3 19 22 60
1966-67 Westfort Hurricanes TBJHL
1967-68 Port Arthur Bearcats TBSHL 12 3 7 10 0
1967-68 Port Arthur Bearcats M-Cup 3 0 1 1 2
1968-69 Fort William Beavers TBSHL 10 0 6 6 2
NHL Totals 334 7 26 33 170 41 2 6 8 18


EHL First All-Star Team (1962, 1963)
EHL Second All-Star Team (1964)
EHL North First All-Star Team (1965) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1954)
Traded to Chicago by Detroit with Tony Leswick, Glen Skov and Johnny Wilson for Dave Creighton, Gord Hollingworth, John McCormack and Jerry Toppazzini, May 27, 1955. Claimed on waivers by Montreal from Chicago, November, 1956. Traded to Jersey (EHL) by Clinton (EHL) with Norm Defelice, Hec Lalande and Ted Sydlowski for Ed Babiuk, Pat Kelly and Borden Smith, August, 1965.
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