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Ryan Benesch

Forward

#17

  • DOB: 6/30/1985
  • Ht: 5-9
  • Wt: 180
  • Shoots: Left
  • Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario

He is in his 13th season in the NLL and first with the Knighthawks… The forward is one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the game, ranking 10th all-time in assists (562) and points (977) and 11th in goals (415). He is two-time First Team All-Pro (2011 and 2015)… In 2007, he earned NLL Rookie of the Year honors… One thing that has defined his career has been his ability to score goals at crucial moments. In his 198 career games, he has netted 17 game-winners… At the time of the trade, he was leading the Colorado Mammoth in assists (30) and points (47)… In 2018 John Grant, Jr. Award recipient as the Mammoth’s Offensive Player of the Year… In 2018, he led the Mammoth in goals (36), assists (57) and points (93) and was fifth in the NLL in points… Achieved his 500th regular-season career assist on 2/28/18… Acquired via trade by Colorado from Buffalo in August 2017…  Third-highest shooting percentage (.210) among NLL players who had at least 100 shots in 2017… Achieved his 900th career point on 3/20/17… In 2016, he was second in regular-season points (92) and postseason points (22) for Buffalo…First in postseason power-play goals (4) for Buffalo… In 2015, he led the NLL and the Bandits with a career-high of 55 goals... Led the Bandits with a career-high of 113 points; the third-most points in the NLL…Set a career-high of 58 assists… Acquired via trade by Buffalo from Minnesota in 2013… In 2014, he led the Bandits in points (78)… Won a gold medal representing Canada at the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship… Won Rookie of the Year while playing in the NLL (2007), MSL (2007), and the OLA (2002)… In 2013, he led the Minnesota Swarm in goals (34)… In 2012, he led the Swarm in goals (33)… In 2011, he led the NLL and the Swarm in points (95) and led the Swarm in goals (46) and assists (49)… In 2010, he was third in points (83) for the Swarm with the third-most goals (28) and second-most assists (55) in 15 games played… In 2009, he was fourth in points (44), goals (17) and assists (27) for the Edmonton Rush in 14 games played… Acquired via trade by Minnesota from Edmonton in 2009… Acquired via trade by Edmonton from San Jose in 2009… In 2008, he was tied for third in points for the Toronto Rock (50), scoring the fourth-most goals (19) and the third-most assists in 14 games played (31)… In 2007, he led the Rock in postseason goals (3) and scored the second-most goals in the regular-season (33)… Named to 2007 NLL All-Rookie team… Selected in the first overall by San Jose in the 2006 NLL Entry Draft; was traded to Toronto.

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