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Ryan Benesch
Born January 30, 1985 (1985-01-30) (age 24),
Kitchener, Ontario, CA
Position Forward
Height
Weight
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
180 pounds (82 kg)
MSL Team Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks
NLL Team
F. Teams
Minnesota Swarm
Edmonton Rush
Toronto Rock
Nationality  Canada
Pro Career 2007present
Shoots Left
Nickname The Bullet

Ryan Benesch (b. January 30, 1985 in Kitchener, Ontario) is a Canadian lacrosse player who plays for the Minnesota Swarm in the National Lacrosse League.

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Professional career

Benesch was drafted first overall by the San Jose Stealth in the 2006 NLL entry draft,[1] but was traded to Toronto Rock along with Chad Thompson and Kevin Fines for 2005 NLL MVP Colin Doyle.[2] Benesch played his minor lacrosse in Kitchener-Waterloo as well as his Junior 'A' lacrosse. He is currently the second leading scorer all-time in Kitchener-Waterloo Braves history behind Colin Doyle.

Benesch was named Rookie of the Week three times in the 2007 season, in weeks 4, 11, and 12, and was also named Rookie of the Month in March. On May 8, 2007, Benesch was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award, and named to the All-Rookie team.[3]

Early in the 2009 NLL season, Benesch and veteran Derek Suddons were traded to the Edmonton Rush for future draft picks.[4]

Canadian Box career

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Junior

Benesch played five full years for the Kitchener-Waterloo Braves of the OLA Junior A Lacrosse League. In 2002, Benesch was given the "Joey Nieuwendyk Award" for Rookie of the Year.[5] He finished his junior career with an outstanding 178 goals and 391 points in just 104 games.

Senior

Benesch currently plays for the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks of Major Series Lacrosse. He was awarded the "Gene Dopp Memorial Trophy" for Rookie of the year in 2007.[6] In 2009, Benesch won the Presidents Cup with the Owen Sound Woodsmen of the OLA Senior B Lacrosse League.

Statistics

NLL

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM GP G A Pts LB PIM
2007 Toronto 15 33 25 58 64 6 1 3 0 3 8 0
2008 Toronto 14 19 31 50 71 38 -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 Edmonton 14 17 27 44 71 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
NLL Totals 43 69 83 152 206 46 1 3 0 3 8 0

OLA

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Kitchener-Waterloo Braves OLA Jr.A 3 3 3 6 0 -- -- -- -- --
2002 Kitchener-Waterloo Braves OLA Jr.A 19 25 35 60 4 -- -- -- -- --
2003 Kitchener-Waterloo Braves OLA Jr.A 19 37 57 94 17 5 2 11 13 14
2004 Kitchener-Waterloo Braves OLA Jr.A 19 28 36 64 25 5 4 3 7 2
2005 Kitchener-Waterloo Braves OLA Jr.A 22 43 43 86 19 7 8 9 17 2
2006 Kitchener-Waterloo Braves OLA Jr.A 22 42 39 81 34 5 3 4 7 4
2006 Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks MSL 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 9 16 0
2007 Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks MSL 17 29 30 59 4 3 6 5 11 2
2008 Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks MSL 18 30 36 66 0 3 5 4 9 0
2009 Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks MSL 17 31 41 72 6 1 2 1 3 0
2009 Owen Sound Woodsmen OLA Sr.B 6 24 21 45 0 3 8 7 15 0
Presidents Cup Owen Sound Woodsmen CLA -- -- -- -- -- 5 16 10 26 4
Junior A Totals 104 178 213 391 99 22 17 27 44 22
Senior A Totals 52 90 107 197 10 40 20 19 39 2
Senior B Totals 6 24 21 45 0 3 8 7 15 0
Presidents Cup Totals -- -- -- -- -- 5 16 10 26 4

References

Awards

Preceded by
Brodie Merrill
NLL Rookie of the Year
2007
Succeeded by
Craig Point

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