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Benny Woit
Benny Woit
Right Wing
Number: 3
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 195
Shoots: Right
Born: Jan 7, 1928
Birthplace: Fort William, ON, Canada
As a junior, Benny Woit put in a strong performance with the Port Arthur Flyers and Bruins of the TBJHL and the St. Mike's Majors of the OHA from 1944 to 1948. As property of the Detroit Red Wings' organization, he put in the customary minor-league apprenticeship with the Indianapolis Capitals of the AHL until 1951. At the close of the season, he was then summoned to taste his first NHL action with the Wings as they entered the playoffs.

The following year, Woit became a regular on the Wings' blueline. While the flashier players on the roster scored goals and excited fans, he held the fort with his rugged stay-at-home play. Some credit the almost anonymous rearguard with providing the foundational defensive play that allowed the Wings to corner the Stanley Cup over the years that followed.

With Sawchuk in goal and "The Production Line" up front, the Wings took the league championship in 1952, 1954, and 1955. Woit was there for each win, quietly doing his job in pure unsung fashion. After the close of the season, Woit was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks. In the Windy City, he seemed to feel out of place. He had been a fiercely loyal Red Wing and somehow, sporting another sweater just didn't work. He lasted just over one year with the Hawks and was then demoted to the minors.

His transition to the Rochester Americans of the AHL marked the beginning of a lengthy career as a minor-league vet that brought stops in Spokane, Providence, Kingston, Clinton, and New Jersey. Woit retired from the latter to take a one-year post as coach of the Westfort Hurricanes of the TBJHL in 1966-67.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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