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Originally Posted by Hockey’s Golden Era
Considering that Hebenton did not shy away from body contact, his consecutive game record was amazing. He was not afraid to go into the corners and was thought of as a good backchecker.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Known as "Spud" because of his love for potatoes, Hebenton was a hard-working, clean player who averaged only nine penalty minutes per season. He won the Lady Byng trophy for gentlemanly play in 1957. He was also a five-time winner of the Fred J. Hume Cup as the most gentlemanly player of the WHL.
Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Andy Hebenton was the NHL's original "Iron Man." Hebenton played nine consecutive seasons (1955-64) with the NY Rangers and Boston Bruins never missing a single game…


Hebenton was a hard worker but a clean player. He won the Lady Byng Trophy in 1957 and also won 6 most gentlemanly player awards in the minors. Hebenton scored 189 career goals and 202 assists for 391 points. He also played in 22 playoff games, scoring 11 points.
Originally Posted by The Thousand and One Nights of Andy Hebenton
So how is it that Andy Hebenton, one of the hardest skaters that ever scratched the ice, played nine straight years of National League hockey without missing a single game?
Originally Posted by Jack Evans
He says he's been lucky. He says he's managed to escape a lot of injuries other guys got. Well, hell, I know Andy and I know some of the guys he played with up there. They said there were nights he should have quit—just like everybody else—but that he went out and played anyway. They also say nobody's ever goin' to do what he's done again.

Andy Hebenton !!!

Awards and Achievements:
Lady Byng Winner (1957)
NHL All-Star (1960)

Lady Byng voting – 1st(1957), 2nd(1959), 2nd(1960), 3rd(1961), 5th(1956), 5th(1965)

Points – 8th(1959), 14th(1961), 16th(1957), 20th(1960)
Goals – 4th(1959), 8th(1956), 10th(1961), 12th(1957), 15th(1958), 21st(1960)

From 1956 to 1961, he was 6th in Goals and 12th in Points

Here’s a picture that’s hard to find: Andy Hebenton in the penalty box!

Hebenton also spend many years in the Western Hockey League, which was, as far as I can tell, a form of minor league. I don’t think this adds anything to his peak, but it does who he was a good player for longer than the 9 seasons he played in the NHL.

WHL Awards and Achievements:
6 x Fred J. Hume Cup Winner (1965, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974)
2 x WHL First Team All-Star (1971, 1973)
3 x WHL Second Team All-Star (1955, 1965, 1970)

WHC Scoring:
WHL Points – 7th(1955), 8th(1971), 9th(1965), 9th(1966), 10th(1969), 10th(1970)
WHL Goals – 2nd(1955), 6th(1965), 8th(1970), 10th(1966)
WHL Assists – 6th(1969), 7th(1971), 9th(1974)

Newspaper Clippings:
Originally Posted by Daytona Beach Morning Journal – January 13, 1957
Andy Hebenton slammed home a pair of goals, the second one coming in the last seven seconds, to lead his New York Rangers to a come from behind 5-4 triumph over the Detroit Red Wings in a televised National Hockey League game yesterday.

The hard driving right winger crashed a rebound shot past Detroit’s goalie Glenn Hall for the goal that gave the New Yorkers their first victory of the season on Detroit ice.
Originally Posted by The Lewiston Daily Sun – March 29, 1957
Suddenly New York’s Red Sullivan came up with the puck. He passed it to Hebenton and the sophomore came in along the right boards with just Jacques Plante to beat. Handy Andy, cool as the ice beneath him, caged the disk from 15 feet out. Plante never had a chance as the puck landed into the left corner.
Originally Posted by The Post-Leader – October 6, 1954
Hebenton provided some fire
Originally Posted by The Vancouver Sun – October 6, 1954
With a minute remaining, Cougars’ Andy Hebenton violently rebelled when a self-styled fan grabbed his hockey stick… Hebenton, Victoria’s best Tuesday, swung his stick… the fan was removed…
Originally Posted by Saskatoon Star-Phoenix – April 28, 1955
Patrick, who scouted Hebenton in the play-offs, described him as a “strong skater and good checker”…
Originally Posted by The Calgary Herald – October 27, 1955
… Andy, dubbed by coach Watson “the honest worker”.
Originally Posted by Saskatoon Star-Phoenix – March 30, 1955
… Finnlay’s slider from the draw went past Pelletier who was partially screened by Hebenton.

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