Max Bentley
Position Centre
Shot Left
5 ft 09 in (1.75 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 AchievementsEdit

Career Statistics Edit

    Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1938–39Drumheller MinersASHL?29245316
1940–41Kansas City AmericansAHA555100
1940–41Providence RedsAHL94260
1940–41Chicago Black HawksNHL3671017641342
1941–42Chicago Black HawksNHL38131730232020
1942–43Chicago Black HawksNHL472644702
1945–46Chicago Black HawksNHL47313061641014
1946–47Chicago Black HawksNHL6029437212
1947–48Chicago Black HawksNHL63360
1947–48Toronto Maple LeafsNHL5323254814947110
1948–49Toronto Maple LeafsNHL601922411894372
1949–50Toronto Maple LeafsNHL692318411473360
1950–51Toronto Maple LeafsNHL672141623411211134
1951–52Toronto Maple LeafsNHL692417414041012
1952–53Toronto Maple LeafsNHL3612112316
1953–54New York RangersNHL5714183215
1954–55Saskatoon QuakersWHL4024174123
1955–56Saskatoon QuakersWHL1022420
1958–59Saskatoon QuakersWHL26612182
1962–63Burbank StarsCalHL
NHL totals 645 245 299 544 179 51 18 27 45 14



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.

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.

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.

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.

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