North American Skater
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
Weight: 201
Born: 03/15/1998
Mid Term Rank: 21
Nationality: Canadian
Club: Vancouver
League: WHL

• In 2015-16, Benson averaged nearly a point per game as captain of the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League despite missing time due to injury (9-19—28 in 30 GP).

• Benson was selected first overall by the Giants in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. In his first full season with the club in 2014-15, he finished fifth on the team with 14-31—45 in 62 games.

• Internationally, Benson was part of Canada’s gold medal entry at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial (2-4—6 in 5 GP) and helped his country earn bronze at the 2015 Under-18 World Championship (1-3—4 in 7 GP).

• He averaged almost five points per game in his final year of Bantam AAA with Edmonton’s Southgate Lions (57-89—146 in 33 GP), shattering the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League record for points in a season set by current St. Louis Blues forward Ty Rattie in 2007-08 (75-56—131 in 33 GP). His record-breaking campaign earned him AMBHL Most Valuable Player honors in 2012-13.

• His brother, Cole Benson, is a two-time WHL champion with the Edmonton Oil Kings (2012 and 2014) and was part of their Memorial Cup-winning team in 2014. He skated for the University of Western Ontario (CIS) in 2015-16.

• Lists Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk as his favorite player and patterns his style of play after a mix of Islanders forward John Tavares and Kings forward Dustin Brown.


My go-to karaoke song is: 'Don't Stop Believin' by Journey
Last TV show I binge-watched is: Prison Break
The celebrity that always makes me laugh is: Will Ferrell
The app I spend way too much time on is: Snapchat
The athlete I admire most is: Steph Curry
I am inspired by: Family
I am afraid of: Spiders
I dream of: The Stanley Cup