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Clint Benedict

Born:September 26, 1892Draft:Undrafted
Hometown:Ottawa, ONPosition:Goaltender
Known For:Nicknamed “Praying Benny”Catches:Left
National Team:Canada

Clinton Stevenson “Praying Benny” Benedict (September 26, 1892 – November 12, 1976) was a Canadian professional Lacrosse goalie, ice hockey goaltender who played for the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Maroons. He played on four Stanley Cup-winning squads. He was the first goaltender in the National Hockey League (NHL) to wear a face mask. He led league goaltenders in shutouts seven times over his professional career. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Benedict played for the Ottawa Stars Lacrosse Club, winning the City Championship in 1911. He later played professionally with the Ottawa Capitals Lacrosse Club earning distinction for his tenacity under fire. This helped him immeasurably in his transition into professional hockey.

Benedict was one of the first great goalies in professional hockey and a great innovator in the sport. He was the first goalie to drop to his knees to stop the puck along the ice; at the time, dropping to the ice was illegal. This earned him the nickname “Praying Benny.” The first rule change the NHL made legalized his playing style.

Clint Benedict, wearing the mask he sported for only one NHL game.

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