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Justin DiBenedetto
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
NHL Team (P)
Cur. Team
New York Islanders
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born August 25 1988 (1988-08-25) (age 28),
Mississauga, Ontario
NHL Draft 175th overall, 2008
New York Islanders
Pro Career 2009 – present

Justin DiBenedetto (born August 25, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. He was drafted 175th overall by the New York Islanders during the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

DiBenedetto began his junior hockey career with the Toronto St. Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey League in the 2004–05 season, recording nine points in 64 games as a rookie, followed by no points in nine playoff games. In the 2005–06 season, DiBenedetto saw his production increase, as he earned 30 points in 61 games, followed by a goal in four playoff contests. During the off-season, the Majors traded DiBenedetto to the Sarnia Sting.

DiBenedetto joined the Sting for the 2006–07 season, where he once again saw an increase in his production, as he finished with 63 points in 58 games, as well as a team high +21 rating. In the playoffs, DiBenedetto had three points in four games.

In 2007–08, DiBenedetto saw another big increase in his point production, as he finished second on the Sting with 93 points in 58 games. DiBenedetto then had ten points in nine playoff games for Sarnia. During the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Islanders drafted DiBenedetto in the sixth round.

DiBenedetto returned to Sarnia for his overage season in 2008–09, where in 62 games, he scored 45 goals an 93 points to lead the Sting, and finish third in the OHL scoring race, in five playoff games Justin had three assists. Following his successful campaign he was named to the OHL's Second All-Star team and was awarded the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as the top overage player of the year.

ProfessionalEdit

When the Sting were eliminated from the playoffs, Justin signed a three-year entry level contract with the New York Islanders on April 9, 2009. He was then assigned to the Islanders affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL for the playoffs. In three post-season games with Bridgeport, DiBenedetto scored a goal.

He returned to the Sound Tigers for the 2009–10 season.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeague GPGAPtsPIM GPGAPtsPIM
2004–05 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 64 3 6 9 37 9 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 61 17 13 30 58 4 1 0 1 11
2006–07 Sarnia Sting OHL 58 28 35 63 46 4 2 1 3 4
2007–08 Sarnia Sting OHL 58 39 54 93 61 9 3 7 10 12
2008–09 Sarnia Sting OHL 62 45 48 93 85 5 0 3 3 12
2008–09 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 3 1 0 1 4
2009–10 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 67 6 8 14 62
OHL totals 303 132 156 288 287 31 6 11 17 39
AHL totals 67 6 8 14 62 3 1 0 1 4

Awards & achievementsEdit

OHL
Award Year(s)
Second All-Star Team 2009
Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy 2009

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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