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Defenceman Matt Benning's new two-year deal to stay in Edmonton was "a huge boost" during an offseason that included marriage

by Jamie Umbach /

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers defenceman Matt Benning was back on the ice Tuesday afternoon as a special guest at the Oilers Hockey School in his hometown of St. Albert - a city the 24-year-old is excited to remain close to this upcoming NHL season after signing a two-year contract extension with the Oilers on June 19.

"It was my first year going into the offseason not knowing what was going to happen, so the new contract was definitely a huge boost," Benning said of his re-signing. "I'm happy to be back here where I grew up and really excited about the group of guys we have moving forward."

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Finalizing his new contract would be the first of two notable professional and personal offseason moves in a week for the right-shot blueliner this offseason, including marriage to his fiancée Janelle this past month.

"It all kind of came together in one week," Benning added. "The contract was a great wedding gift from the Oilers to us and my agent, so that was amazing. Obviously the wedding was perfect, and my wife and I were just so happy the day went well and we had a great time."

Benning joined the Oilers as a college free-agent from Northeastern University in 2016 and amassed six goals and 21 points in 73 games last season prior to re-signing in Edmonton.

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