Ray Bennett just finished his second season with the Avalanche after being named an assistant coach on July 7, 2017.
Bennett, who oversees Colorado's power play, helped the PP unit to an eighth-place finish in 2017-18 (22.0%), the club's first top-10 ranking since 2013-14. The Avalanche's offense ranked 10th in scoring with 255 goals in Bennett's first season, the club's highest goals-per-game average (3.11) since 2006-07 (3.26).
Bennett, 56, came to the Avalanche after spending 10 seasons as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues from 2007-17. Prior to his time with the Blues, the Innisfail, Alberta, native spent seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings (1999-2006).
On the international stage, Bennett served as the manager of high performance/video for the Canadian Hockey Association for two years. He was an assistant coach in charge of video for Canada's silver medal-winning entry at the 1999 IIHF World Junior Championship, the gold medal-winning Canadian National Women's Team at the 1999 IIHF Women's World Championship, as well as Canada's Men's National Team at the 1999 IIHF World Championship. Bennett was also an assistant coach with Canada's silver medal-winning women's team at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
Bennett has also been the head coach at Red Deer College and held positions with the Spokane Chiefs, the World Junior Hockey Championship Association, Hockey Canada, the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association.
Ray and his wife, Karla, have three children: Kale (22), Kassie (20) and Max (16).