Max Bentley
Maxbentley.jpg
Position Centre
Shot Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (2 m)
158 lb (72 kg)
Teams Chicago Black Hawks
Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born March 1,1920,
Delisle, SK, CAN
Pro Career 1940 – 1954
Hall of Fame, 1966

Maxwell Herbert Lloyd Bentley (March 1, 1920 – January 19, 1984) was a Canadian professional forward who played for the Chicago Black Hawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and New York Rangers in the National Hockey League. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966.

Max won the 1946 Hart Memorial Trophy. In 1947, he was traded to the Maple Leafs along with Cy Thomas for Gus Bodnar, Bud Poile, Gaye Stewart (who were collectively known as the Flying Forts Line), Ernie Dickens, and Bob Goldham. The trade would pay off for the Leafs as they won a Stanley Cup in three of the next four seasons, but not for the Hawks, who hit rock bottom in the NHL eight seasons out of the next ten.

His brother, Doug Bentley, played on the "Pony Line" with him, along with Bill Mosienko, while with Chicago.

Max was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966. In 1998, he was ranked number 48 on the List of 100 greatest hockey players by The Hockey News.

Bentley died of heart disease on January 19, 1984.

Awards and Achievements[edit | edit source]

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

    Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1938–39 Drumheller Miners ASHL ? 29 24 53 16
1940–41 Kansas City Americans AHA 5 5 5 10 0
1940–41 Providence Reds AHL 9 4 2 6 0
1940–41 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 36 7 10 17 6 4 1 3 4 2
1941–42 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 38 13 17 30 2 3 2 0 2 0
1942–43 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 47 26 44 70 2
1945–46 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 47 31 30 61 6 4 1 0 1 4
1946–47 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 60 29 43 72 12
1947–48 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 6 3 3 6 0
1947–48 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 53 23 25 48 14 9 4 7 11 0
1948–49 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 60 19 22 41 18 9 4 3 7 2
1949–50 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 23 18 41 14 7 3 3 6 0
1950–51 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 21 41 62 34 11 2 11 13 4
1951–52 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 24 17 41 40 4 1 0 1 2
1952–53 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 36 12 11 23 16
1953–54 New York Rangers NHL 57 14 18 32 15
1954–55 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 40 24 17 41 23
1955–56 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 10 2 2 4 20
1958–59 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 26 6 12 18 2
1962–63 Burbank Stars CalHL
NHL totals 645 245 299 544 179 51 18 27 45 14


Gallery[edit | edit source]

1Dec1940-Colvilles Patricks Bentleys Carses.jpg
Ponyline.jpg
10Feb1946-Mosienko MBentley.jpg

Video[edit | edit source]

Highlights of the October 13, 1947 All-Star game which including a fight, Bill Mosienko's injury and goals by Max Bentley and the winner for the All-Stars by Doug Bentley.

First National Hockey League Allstar Game (1947)

Highlights of the February 28, 1948 game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Black Hawks at Maple Leaf Gardens. Goals by Gus Bodnar on Turk Broda as well as Max Bentley and Joe Klukay on Emile Francis are shown in the Leafs 4-3 victory.

Ice Hockey (1948)

Highlights of Game 4 of the 1949 Stanley Cup Finals in which the Leafs win the Cup with a 3-1 victory. Goals by Ray Timgren and Max Bentley are shown.

Toronto Ice Hockey Match, 1949

An incredible video featuring the 1951 off-season activities of 15 NHL players in the days when most worked during the summer. Brief, excellent game footage of each is shown. Players featured are Ted Lindsay, Johnny Peirson, Bill Mosienko, Bill Gadsby, Bill Juzda, Leo Reise, Jack Gelineau, Edgar Laprade, Doug and Max Bentley, Chuck Rayner, Gus Mortson, Pentti Lund, Glen Harmon, Elmer Lach.

Canadian Cameo, Hockey Stars' Summer (1951)

External Links[edit | edit source]

Preceded by
Elmer Lach
NHL Scoring Champion
1946, 1947
Succeeded by
Elmer Lach
Preceded by
Elmer Lach
Winner of the Hart Trophy
1946
Succeeded by
Maurice Richard
Preceded by
Syl Apps
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
1943
Succeeded by
Clint Smith
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