Andre Benoit
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 5' 11"
BIRTHDATE: 01/06/1984
DRAFTED: undrafted
AHL Second All-Star Team (2011) Signed as a free agent by Montreal, January 9, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Tappara Tampere (Finland), June 21, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Sodertalje (Sweden), April 7, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, May 13, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, August 6, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Spartak Moscow (KHL), August 11, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 2, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 5, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, July 23, 2014.
2013-14 SEASON
Finished third among Colorado defensemen in assists (21) and points (28) while appearing in 79 games...His 79 games played were one behind Erik Johnson for the team lead among defensemen...Finished fourth among Avs blueliners in goals (7)...Ranked third on the club in ice time, averaging 20:12 per game...Scored two game-winning goals this year and now four of his 10 career goals have been game winners...Logged a game-high 22:40 of ice time in his Avalanche debut on Oct. 2 vs. Anaheim...Had two assists and was +3 on Oct. 12 at Washington...Did not dress on Nov 16 vs. Florida due to a wrist injury...Recorded a career-high three points (1g/2a) on Nov. 21 at Phoenix...Was the first Avs defenseman to register three points in a game since Ryan Wilson on Nov. 4, 2011 at Dallas...Logged a career-high 24:27 of ice time and tied his career high with a +3 rating on Dec. 16 vs. Dallas...Appeared in his 100th NHL game on Feb. 28 vs. Phoenix...Scored his first career overtime goal on March 6 at Detroit.

2013-14 PLAYOFFS:
Made his second career appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs...Was +3 and had an assist in the Avalanche's first-round series with Minnesota...Had six shots and six PIMs vs. the Wild.

2012-13: Appeared in 33 games for the Ottawa Senators, recording 10 points (3g/7a)…Two of his three goals were game winners…Was Ottawa’s nominee for the 2012-13 Bill Masterton Trophy (perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey)…Scored his first career NHL goal on Feb. 19 vs. NY Islanders…Prior to the NHL season, Benoit skated in 34 games for the Binghamton Senators (AHL), collecting 25 points (9g/16a).

012-13 PLAYOFFS: Dressed in five playoff contests for the Senators, collecting three assists with a +4 plus/minus rating…Had an assist in his Stanley Cup Playoff debut on May 3 at Montreal (Game 2, ECQF).

2011-12: Spent the 2011-12 season with Spartak Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League…Tallied 17 points (5g/12a) in 53 games…Signed as a free agent with Spartak Moscow on Aug. 11, 2011.

2010-11: Spent the majority of the season with the AHL champion Binghamton Senators but also saw his first NHL action with Ottawa…Made his NHL debut on Feb. 18 vs. Boston…Picked up his first NHL point with an assist on April 2 vs. Toronto…Was named to the 2011 AHL Second All-Star Team with Binghamton…Finished second among AHL defensemen in scoring with 55 points (11g/44a) in 73 games…Went on to skate in 23 playoff contests in helping Binghamton capture the Calder Cup…Led all AHL defenders in playoff scoring with 18 points (3g/15a)…His 15 assists not only led all defensemen but tied for the overall lead among AHL playoff scorers.

2009-10: Appeared in 78 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL), recording 36 points (6g/30a) with a +18 plus/minus rating…Went on to lead all AHL defensemen in playoff scoring with 14 points (3g/11a) in 19 postseason contests as the Bulldogs advanced to the AHL’s Western Conference Final.

2008-09: Played for Sodertalje SK in Sweden, where he led all team defensemen with 20 points (4g/16a) in 54 contests…Signed as a free agent with Sodertalje on April 7, 2008. 

2007-08: Spent the 2007-08 campaign with Tappara Tampere in Finland, recording 38 points (12g/26a) and 96 penalty minutes in 54 games…His 38 points ranked second among team defensemen…Also skated in 11 postseason contests for Tappara, earning five points (2g/3a)…Signed as a free agent with Tappara on June 21, 2007.

2006-07: Helped the Hamilton Bulldogs win the 2007 Calder Cup as AHL champions…Appeared in all 22 postseason contests for the Bulldogs, tallying 13 points (2g/11a)…Ranked fourth among AHL defenders in playoff scoring…Collected 31 points (10g/21a) in 64 regular season games.

2005-06: Spent his first professional season with Hamilton (AHL), appearing in 70 games…Finished second among Hamilton blueliners with 26 points (7g/19a).

2004-05: Led all Ontario Hockey League defensemen in scoring with 77 points (24g/53a) in 67 games during his fifth and final season with the Kitchener Rangers…Was named to the OHL First All-Star Team…His 77 points ranked second on the team…Went on to record 18 points (5g/13a) in 15 playoff games, ranking him second on the club.

2003-04: Finished second among OHL defensemen in scoring with 75 points (24g/51a) in 65 games en route to being named to the OHL Second All-Star Team…His 75 points ranked second on the Rangers…Also dressed in five postseason games.

2002-03: Helped Kitchener win the Robertson Cup as OHL champions and capture the 2003 Memorial Cup…Was the OHL’s top scoring defenseman with 67 points (22g/45a) in 65 games…Went on to record 17 points (1g/16a) in 21 playoff contests, ranking third among OHL defenders in playoff scoring…He added six points (1g/5a), tops among all defensemen, in four games at the Memorial Cup tournament as the Rangers won their first Memorial Cup since 1982.

2001-02: Appeared in 62 games during his second season with Kitchener, tallying 45 points (13g/32a).

2000-01: Recorded 16 goals and 19 assists for 35 points in 65 games during his rookie season with Kitchener.

Andre and his wife, Kelly, have two daughters, Emma and Hailey.…Was Ottawa’s nominee for the 2012-13 Bill Masterton Trophy (perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey)…Last name is pronounced ben-WAH.