THE BENNY WOIT FILE:
Born: January 7, 1928
NHL games played: 334 (262 with Red Wings)
1954-55 stats (Detroit): 62 GP; G: 2; A: 3; PIM: 22
CAREER: GP: 334; G: 7; A: 26; PIM: 170
If ever there was a personified definition of a “stay at home defenseman,” Benny Woit was it.
Woit was no Bobby Orr, but he ably manned one of the Red Wings’ blue line positions for four seasons and as a result, Woit’s name is engraved on the Stanley Cup three times.
A typical Woit season was a handful of points but a bunch of dashed hopes for the opposition.
Woit’s career is fascinating because it was front-ended with NHL time but back-loaded with minor league experience—the opposite of most pro players.
Woit broke into the NHL in 1951 and stayed until 1957. But after that, Woit played 12 more years, all in the minor leagues. He made several All-Star games playing in the Eastern Hockey League.
After winning three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings, Woit was part of an eight-player trade that shipped him to Chicago in the summer of 1955.
Woit has the distinction of being the fourth-oldest surviving member of the 1955 Red Wings, behind Ted Lindsay, Red Kelly and Marty Pavelich. Woit is 83 days older than Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe.
NEXT WEEK: Our last player to profile—Ed Zeniuk, whose only two NHL games came during the 1954-55 season.