Originally written November 25, 2013 on PensInitiative:
(Photo courtesy of SI.com)I guess you could say Beau Bennett has been a bit of an overachiever. He was born in the NHL hotbed (not really) of Gardena, CA, and while everyone knows California really is not known for their hockey, not many people know that only 29 players who were born in California went on to have an NHL career. In similar fashion to the Pittsburgh area with Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, hockey did not take off in California until Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988. Beau Bennett was born in 1991, right when things were really surging in the area. In 2009, he joined the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) to play for the Penticton Vees. He played on the top line and got off to a hot start before leaving the team to represent the USA at the World Junior A Challenge. He ended up winning a gold medal before coming back to Penticton to help lead his team to a deep playoff run. He tied for the league lead in points with 120 (41 G, 79 A), and won ...

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