September 28, 2012

Reds' legend Bennett part of AHL's 2013 Hall of Fame class

By Jesse Connolly

Harvey Bennett, who spent 480 games between the pipes for the Providence Reds from 1947 to 1959, has been named as one of the four members of the AHL’s 2013 Hall of Fame class. 

Harvey Bennett appeared in 25 games for the Boston Bruins during the 1944-45 season. (Photo: Goalies Archive)

A native of Edington, Saskatchewan, Bennett spent one season in the NHL with the Boston Bruins in 1944-45 before playing nearly all of the remainder of his career with the Reds. During his time in the American Hockey League – which included a one-year stint with the Hershey Bears, during he which he won the Calder Cup – the netminder won 260 games, which still ranks fourth all-time in league history.

Bennett led the league in victories in each of his first three seasons with the Reds. During then 1948-49 season, he set what was then an AHL record with 43 wins and followed up his superb regular season by backstopping Providence to a Calder Cup championship.

Before passing away in 2004 at the age of 79, Bennett saw five sons reach the pro ranks. Three of them reached the National Hockey League.

Curt Bennett starred for Brown University before playing in 580 games in the NHL. Bill Bennett appeared in seven games for the Boston Bruins during the 1978-79 season and joined the Hartford Whalers the following year. Harvey Bennett Jr. shined at BC before playing in 268 games at the NHL level.

Ken Gernander (a longtime member of the Hartford Wolf Pack), Jim Morrison (who had two stints with the Bruins in the ‘50s) and longtime Philadelphia Phantoms star Peter White round out the rest of the 2013 class.

The four will be honored as part of the festivities at the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts All All-Star Classic on Jan. 28 in Providence, R.I.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.