Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jan Benda
Jan Benda, born to Czech parents in Belgium, played his junior hockey in Canada with the Oshawa Generals and played professionally in leagues in Germany, the U.S., and the Czech Republic before making the leap to the National Hockey League with the Washington Capitals. The globetrotting Benda, born on March 28th, 1972 in Reef, Belgium, played just nine games with the Caps, assisting on three goals, while spending the bulk of the 1997-98 season with Washington's AHL affiliate in Portland.

Benda headed back overseas following his NHL experience, this time landing in Finland, where he played three successful seasons. He scored 21, 19, and 18 goals, respectively, in three seasons in Finland and caught the attention of the Edmonton Oilers, who signed him as a free agent in the summer of 2001. Benda went to recorded a goal and an assist during the pre-season, but was released by the club in the latter stages of training camp. Upon being released by the Oilers, Benda returned overseas and has continued to shop his services around the German, Finnish and Russian leagues.

On the international scene, Benda has represented Germany at eight World Championships (1994, 1996-1997, 2001-2005), the World Cup (1996 and 2004) and three Winter Olympics (1994, 1998 and 2002).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Henry Carr Crusaders ON-Jr.B 18 0 3 3 22
1989-90 Oshawa Legionnaires ON-Jr.B 44 50 80 130 24
1989-90 Oshawa Generals OHL 1 0 1 1 0
1990-91 Grefrather EC German-2 13 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Oshawa Generals OHL 51 4 11 15 64 16 2 4 6 19
1991-92 Oshawa Generals OHL 61 12 23 35 68 7 1 1 2 12
1992-93 EHC Freiburg Germany 41 6 11 17 49 9 3 3 6 12
1993-94 EC Hedos Munchen Germany 43 16 11 27 67 10 3 2 5 21
1993-94 Germany Olympics 8 0 1 1 6
1993-94 Germany WC-A 5 0 0 0 24
1994-95 Binghamton Rangers AHL 4 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Richmond Renegades ECHL 62 21 39 60 187 17 8 5 13 50
1995-96 ESC Moskitos Essen German-2 2 1 0 1 6
1995-96 HC Slavia Praha CzRep 28 8 11 19 7 1 5 6
1995-96 Germany WC-A 6 1 1 2 33
1996-97 Germany W-Cup 4 2 1 3 0
1996-97 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 49 7 21 28 61 10 1 1 2 12
1996-97 HC Sparta Praha EuroHL 5 1 0 1 4 4 0 1 1 2
1996-97 Germany WC-A 8 0 2 2 18
1997-98 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 1 0 1 1 4
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 9 0 3 3 6 +1
1997-98 Portland Pirates AHL 62 25 29 54 90 8 0 7 7 6
1997-98 Germany Olympics 4 3 0 3 8
1998-99 Assat Pori Finland 52 21 22 43 139
1998-99 Germany WC-Q 3 0 2 2 2
1998-99 Germany WC-B 7 1 5 6 16
1999-00 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 52 19 28 47 99 11 2 4 6 16
1999-00 Germany Oly-Q 3 2 0 2 6
2000-01 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 52 18 26 44 56 5 0 1 1 6
2000-01 Germany Oly-Q 3 0 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Germany WC-A 7 0 1 1 4 0
2001-02 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 33 8 12 20 61 11 2 5 7 40
2001-02 Germany Olympics 7 1 0 1 2 -4
2001-02 Germany WC-A 7 1 7 8 14 +4
2002-03 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 51 14 24 38 68 5 2 0 2 6
2002-03 Germany WC-A 6 1 2 3 4 +8
2003-04 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 56 4 17 21 72 5 1 0 1 8
2003-04 Germany WC-A 6 2 0 2 0 +2
2004-05 Germany W-Cup
2004-05 Khimik Moscow Region (Voskresensk) Russia 19 2 8 10 20
2004-05 Severstal Cherepovets Russia 33 4 6 10 32
2004-05 Germany WC-A 6 1 3 4 27 0
2005-06 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 44 13 22 35 54
2005-06 HC Hame Zlin CzRep 6 3 4 7 14 6 1 2 3 10
2006-07 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 45 10 16 26 77
2007-08 HC Litvinov CzRep 45 10 14 24 50
2008-09 BK Mlada Boleslav CzRep 62 9 17 26 62
2008-09 BK Mlada Boleslav CzRep-Q 4 0 0 0 0
2009-10 HC Plzen 1929 CzRep 51 6 29 35 65 6 0 2 2 0
2010-11 HC Slavia Praha CzRep 17 3 3 6 10
2010-11 BK Mlada Boleslav CzRep 19 1 4 5 10
2010-11 BK Mlada Boleslav CzRep-Q 6 0 0 0 8
2011-12 Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers Nurnberg Germany 17 1 2 3 2
2011-12 EHC Munchen Germany 31 1 4 5 14
NHL Totals 9 0 3 3 6


Signed as a free agent by Washington, October 1, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, July 17, 2001.