Harvey A. Bennett Sr. - Born Jul 23 1925 in Edington, Saskatchewan - Died November 21, 2004 in was a Canadian ice Hockey goaltender.
Bennett played his first junior Hockey with the Regina Abbotts, helping them win the Southern Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League / SSJHL in 1941-42, but losing in the Abbott Cup semi-final.
Bennett then joined the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey Association / OHA for the 1942-43 season, and had a outstanding regular season, losing just 2 games. He then helped the Generals win the 1943 George Richardson Memorial Trophy as Eastern Canadian junior Hockey champions, reaching the Memorial Cup final, but losing to the Winnipeg Rangers.
Bennett had another great season for the Generals in 1943-44, once again winning the George Richardson Memorial Trophy as Eastern Canadian junior Hockey champions and a birth in the Memorial Cup again. This time the Generals lost only 1 game in the playoffs, sweeping the Trail Smoke Eaters 4-0 in the final, winning the 1944 Memorial Cup championship.
The Boston Bruins had taken note of Bennett's success, and signed him for the 1944-45 NHL season, debuting for the Bruins season opener on October 28, 1944, a 3-2 loss to the Canadiens.
Bennett played 25 games for the Bruins before they sent him to the Eastern Amateur Hockey League / EAHL Boston Olympics to finish the season. In the 1945-46 season, Bennett earned EAHL First All-Star Team honours and captured the George L. Davis Jr. Trophy (fewest goals against-EAHL).
The Bruins then sent Bennett to the American Hockey League / AHL Hershey Bears for the 1946-47 season, helping them win the 1947 Calder Cup championship, and was voted to the AHL Second All-Star Team in his rookie year, going 34-15-11 with a 2.68 goals-against average.
Bennett moved to the AHL Providence Reds for the 1947-48 season, and made it three consecutive seasons leading the league in wins, posting a mark of 40-19-4 (1947-48) and setting what was then an AHL record with 43 victories (43-18-6) in 1948-49. That spring, Bennett backstopped the Reds to the 1949 Calder Cup championship, and he would be a mainstay in the Providence goal for the next six years, returning to the Finals in 1952, losing to the Pittsburgh Hornets. Despite some strong seasons in the AHL, he never got another shot at the NHL.
While in Providence, Bennett had brief stints in the OHA-Sr. with Chatham Maroons, the QHL with Trois-Rivieres Lions and the EHL with Washington Presidents.
One of Bennett's most famous feats was surrendering a Maurice Richard goal that established scoring 50 goals in 50 games on March 18, 1945. Bennett, who relieved Paul Bibeault in the Bruins nets during the game, however contests the goal should never have been allowed.
"It was kicked in" says Bennett many years later, though in a bit of a sarcastic matter. At the time Bennett protested with the referee so obviously he felt it wasn't a good goal. He never pleaded his case in public because of the historic nature of the goal, though his three NHL playing sons all say he has always claimed the goal was actually kicked in.
After retiring, Bennett opened a Hockey pro shop in Cranston, R.I., which nearly 50 years later is still run by the Bennett family.
Harvey Bennett was inducted into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame in 2013.