Reds’ Bennett was a Providence favorite

As part of the American Hockey League’s 70th anniversary this season, will be taking a look at some of the legendary careers that have been carved in the AHL over the last seven decades.

Harvey Bennett was one of the winningest goaltenders in AHL history, ranking fourth all-time with 260 career victories in an AHL career that spanned 13 seasons from 1946-59.

A Saskatchewan native, Bennett made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins in 1944-45, playing 25 games in what would be his only NHL season.

In 1946-47, Bennett was named a Second Team AHL All-Star after going 34-15-11 in 60 appearances with the Hershey Bears. He was injured late in the season and watched from the sidelines as the Bears captured the Calder Cup.

Two years later, Bennett went 43-18-6 and led the Providence Reds to a Calder Cup championship of their own. He would spend parts of 12 seasons in Providence, then settled in Rhode Island after his playing career and saw two sons — Harvey and Bill — follow his path into the AHL.

In 540 career AHL games, Bennett compiled a record of 260-239-41. He trails only Johnny Bower, Gil Mayer and Marcel Paille on the all-time wins list.

One of the best left-handed goaltenders of his era, Bennett passed away in 2004 at the age of 79.

Career AHL Statistics – Harvey Bennett
Regular SeasonPlayoffs
1946-47Hershey Bears6034-15-112.685
1947-48Providence Reds6340-19-43.84051-44.600
1948-49Providence Reds6743-18-63.163148-62.101
1949-50Providence Reds6031-26-33.65042-24.000
1950-51Providence Reds5719-33-53.402
1951-52Providence Reds4724-19-33.451148-62.101
1952-53Providence Reds5827-31-13.821
1953-54Providence Reds5923-33-33.902
1954-55Providence Reds4814-29-54.000
1955-56Providence Reds30-3-05.670
1956-57Providence Reds74-3-04.140
1957-58Providence Reds10-1-01.710
1958-59Providence Reds101-9-03.901
AHL Totals540260-239-41153719-182