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RoughRiders Alum Earns NHL Contract

03/26/2014, 2:00pm CDT
By bwerger

The Montreal Canadiens have signed defenseman Mac Bennett to a two-year NHL entry-level contract, the same team that selected him in the 2009 NHL Draft.

Bennett spent the 2009-10 season in the USHL with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders after the Canadiens selected him in the third round (79th overall) of the NHL Draft.  He recorded 23 points (9g, 14a) and a plus-17 rating over 53 regular season games, tying for 14th among all League defensemen in scoring.  Three of his goals were game-winners.  The defenseman earned a spot on the USHL All-Rookie Team.

The Warwick, Rhode Island native has spent the last four seasons playing collegiate hockey at the University of Michigan where he accumulated 65 points (14g, 51a) in 136 career games at the school.  He was the captain of the Wolverines this season and earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Second Team.

USHL stats – Mac Bennett


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.

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