Curt Bennett

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Curt Bennett
Born (1948-03-27) March 27, 1948 (age 66)
Regina, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for NHL
St. Louis Blues
New York Rangers
Atlanta Flames
National team  United States
NHL Draft 16th overall, 1968
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1970–1980

Curt Alexander Bennett (born March 27, 1948 in Regina, Saskatchewan and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island) is a former American ice hockey forward, who played in the National Hockey League as well as for the United States national ice hockey team in the 1970s.

Biography

Early life

Bennett came from a very good hockey family. His father Harvey Bennett, Sr., and two of his brothers (Harvey Bennett Jr. and Bill Bennett) also played in the NHL. His nephew Mac Bennett was selected in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (79th overall by the Montreal Canadiens).

Curt Bennett was drafted by the St. Louis Blues with the 16th pick in the 1968 NHL Entry Draft and joined the Blues in 1971 after three very successful seasons with the Brown University men's hockey team as a defenseman. Bennett is a member of the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame, holding the school records for goals by a defenseman in a game (7), season, and career. He graduated with a degree in Russian Studies from Brown, where he was also a captain of the men's tennis team and nominated for a Rhodes scholarship.

At one point, Bennett was married to Susan Bennett who latered provided the voice of the Apple assistant "Siri".

Playing career

Bennett appeared in four NHL games in his rookie season before becoming a regular player for the Blues in the 1972 Stanley Cup playoffs. He was traded to the New York Rangers during the offseason, and after 16 games with the Rangers was dealt to the expansion Atlanta Flames where he became one of the Flames' premier forwards. Bennett provided the leadership, defensive skills (he frequently guarded the opposing team's star player) and toughness a young team needed, and he represented the Flames in the 1975 and 1976 NHL All Star game after scoring a career-high 65 points in the 1975–1976 NHL season. He also served as one of the assistant captains on the United States team in the inaugural 1976 Canada Cup tournament. He struggled in the following two NHL seasons and was dealt back to the St.Louis Blues in a six player trade in late 1977. Bennett spent the next two seasons with the Blues and during those years played for the US national team at the 1978 and 1979 Ice Hockey World Championship tournaments. In the summer of 1979, he was traded back to the Flames where he played a final 21 games in 1979/80, scoring just one goal.

Bennett ended his NHL career with 334 points in 580 games. He was the first American to reach the 30 goal plateau in a season.

Post career

Bennett emigrated to Nikko, Japan in 1980 to be a player/coach (along with his brother Harvey Bennett) for the Furukawa Denko club. While in Japan, Bennett filed television reports and wrote a number of articles for Goal magazine about his experience living in Japan and the local ice hockey culture. He had previous journalistic experience from working as a part-time Atlanta sportscaster during his career with the Flames and had also served as a national television color commentator during the 1977 Stanley Cup playoffs. He and his brother Harvey both retired from hockey in 1982 after two years with Furukawa.

After moving back to Atlanta, he became involved in commercial real estate and continued his work with the NHL Players' Association to help players transition to life after hockey. In 1992-93, he was an assistant coach for the International Hockey League Atlanta Knights and led a group of local businessmen working to bring NHL hockey back to Atlanta.

In 2000, he moved to Maui where he owns a company that designs and builds water features both in the Hawaiian Islands and on the U.S. mainland.1

Awards and honors

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team 1968–69
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1969–70
AHCA East All-American 1969–70

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