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November 29, 2011 E-MAIL PRINT Bookmark and Share

Every Game is a Stepping Stone

Bennett Improving His Game and Denver's Chances

by Lauren D'Antonio/CHN Reporter

Loyalty to his team, passion for the game and a vision for the future — these qualities are what Denver forward Beau Bennett tries to define himself by. Those attributes enabled Beau to be drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round (20th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

However, Bennett doesn’t set his focus too far into the future.

“I just want to play well for my team, play well for the University of Denver,” said Bennett, “I really don’t look forward that much. I’m trying to just do that best that I can.”

Last year was a challenging transition for Bennett, competing against players in their 20s who were stronger and quicker than he was used to. Bennett successfully answered the challenge scoring nine goals and 16 assists in 37 games.

After his freshman season, Beau was quick to identify opportunities to better his game.

“Right when the season ended, I took a week off and then I got right back in the gym and I worked on my legs for probably the next six weeks or so," Bennett said. "I knew I needed to get faster and more explosive. Those little things helped me a lot this year.”

However, he didn’t just stop there; he’s constantly working on something so he can “bring it” every night.

“Just moving my feet is the biggest thing," said the 20-year old from Gardena, Calif. "I just want to move my feet at all times and try to be part of the play as much as possible.”

Just recently, Bennett sustained an injury that kept him out of four games. Denver failed to produce a win when he was injured. Once he was healthy, he hopped back onto the ice and scored the game’s first goal against Colorado College, helping Denver gain a win.

Without Bennett in the lineup, Denver averages 1.75 goals per game, and when he’s in the lineup they average 5.2. In nine games this season, Bennett has three goals and eight assists. He is obviously a key factor in the Pioneers' quest for a spot in the Frozen Four this spring.

Wayne Gretzky once said, “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” That is an example that Bennett strives to follow.

“I’m a student of the game, I really like to watch and see other people’s tendencies so I try to anticipate and see the play develop before it actually does,” Bennett said.

To Bennett, every game is a stepping-stone and every night is an opportunity to learn and to climb just little closer to the top of the iceberg. With a mindset like that, don’t be surprised if he leads Denver a long way this year.

“Sid the Kid’s future winger?” Don't be surprised.
 

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