Joe Benoit
Joe Benoit.jpg
Position Right Wing
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
160 lb (73 kg)
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born February 27, 1916(1916-02-27),
St. Albert, AB, CAN
Died October 19 1981 (aged 65),
Spokane, WA, USA
Pro Career 1940 – 1947

Joseph Benoit (February 27, 1916, in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada – October 19,1981) is a former National Hockey League right wing. He played for the Montreal Canadiens during the 1940s. He missed the 1943–44 season while serving with the Canadian Forces in World War II, and the 1944–45 season playing for the Calgary Currie Army team.

He is chiefly remembered as the man who preceded Maurice Richard on the "Punch Line" at right wing. He scored 20 goals in 1941–42 in a 48-game schedule, and 30 goals in 1942–43 in a 50-game schedule. Joe decided to sacrifice his career to serve his country in World War II, though and joined the armed forces.

In his NHL career, Benoit played in 185 games. He recorded 75 goals and 69 assists. He also appeared in 11 Stanley Cup playoff games, scoring six goals and adding three assists. He won a Stanley Cup Championship in 1946.

He also played for the Trail Smoke Eaters when they won the 1937-38 Allan Cup Final and the follwoing year when they won the 1939 World Championship

Benoit coached the 1963-1964 Spokane Jets team that played in the Western International Hockey League.

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1935–36 Edmonton Athletic Club EJrHL 8 8 2 10 4 3 0 0 0 2
1936–37 Trail Smoke Eaters WKHL 13 13 7 20 18
1937–38 Trail Smoke Eaters WKHL 20 26 6 32 21 5 5 3 8 8
1937–38 Trail Smoke Eaters Al-Cup 12 12 7 19 9
1939–40 Trail Smoke Eaters WKHL 24 26 17 43 49 4 2 3 5 6
1939–40 Trail Smoke Eaters Al-Cup 3 0 1 1 4
1940–41 Montreal Canadiens NHL 45 16 16 32 32 3 4 0 4 2
1941–42 Montreal Canadiens NHL 46 20 16 36 27 3 1 0 1 5
1942–43 Montreal Canadiens NHL 49 30 27 57 23 5 1 3 4 4
1944–45 Calgary Currie Army AISHL 13 7 3 10 8 2 1 0 1 2
1945–46 Montreal Canadiens NHL 39 9 10 19 8
1946–47 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 0 0 0 4
1946–47 Springfield Indians AHL 34 9 10 19 4 2 0 0 0 0
1948–49 Montreal Royals QSHL 1 0 0 0 0
1948–49 Spokane Flyers WIHL
NHL totals 185 75 69 144 94 11 6 3 9 11

International play[edit | edit source]

    Regular Season
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1938–39 Trail Smoke Eaters WCh 7 6 3 9 0

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