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C/LW, Benoit Hogue

92 playoff GP, 17-16-33 PTS, x1 Stanley Cup ('99)
Single Selke Trophy vote in '93

Team Scoring: 7 ('89), 7 ('91), 4 ('92), 4 ('93), 4 ('94), 7* ('95), 3* ('96), 5 ('97), 12 ('98), 4* ('99)
(*uses combined point totals from two teams, and determines placement from team Hogue played more games for that year)

Overpass's adjusted numbers: 863 GP, 192-270-462 ESP (42 per season), 47-74-121 PPP (11 per season, 25% usage, .97 rating), 18%PK usage, 1.07 rating
70s Vs #2 Scores: 71, 62, 56, 53, 43, 41= 326 over 6 seasons

Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier's Greatest Hockey Legends
A gritty player with explosive speed, the smallish Hogue was an entertaining player. Although he was not a polished puck handler or shooter, Hogue was always expected to contribute offensively, thanks largely to his speed and a willingness to get his nose dirty. But he was also a responsible defensive player, particularly on the penalty kill...A competent player at all three forward positions...

The Sabres liked what Hogue brought to the team, but always expected a little bit more offense from him. After just three games with the Sabres in 1991-92, Hogue was traded to the New York Islanders in the Pierre Turgeon/Pat Lafontaine blockbuster. The Islanders were astutely rewarded with their insistence that Hogue be included in the deal, as Hogue achieved the offensive expectations projected for him on Long Island. He enjoyed three seasons scoring over 30 goals and twice had 75 points.

Despite his success with the New York Islanders, Hogue was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs during the lock-out shortened 1994-95 campaign. It marked the beginning of a frequent period of address changing for Hogue.

The highlight of his many journeys came during his second stint in Dallas as he helped the Stars win the Stanley Cup in 1999, oddly enough at the expense of the Buffalo Sabres.

Originally Posted by New York Times - 1/4/1993
If the message is routine, or complimentary, Arbour speaks to Hogue in English, the primary language for most players on the team, but a second language for Hogue, a native of suburban Montreal.

"But when he gets really mad at me, and he says something he doesn't want the other guys to hear, he says it in French," said Hogue. "When he gets on me, I get mad, but that's part of being a coach. Al knows what I can do." Scorer and a Checker

Recently, most of the communication has been in English because Hogue as been doing things well. With 35 points in 34 gaems, Hogue is third-leading scorer...Moreover, since Ray Ferrarro suffered a broken leg on Dec. 10 Hogue has moved from left wing to center on the second line, which means he must check the top centers of opposing teams. On Saturday night, in a 3-2 victory over Minnesota, Hogue shadowed Mike Modano. ...The defensive duties haven't stopped Hogue from producing on offense. In the 8 games since he returned from a neck injury, Hogue has 5 goals and 8 assists. Hogue's linemates, Brian Mullen on the left wing and Patrick Flatley on the right, are also producing.

Although he played center as a junior and with the Buffalo Sabres...Hogue resisted Arbour's efforts to move him over to the middle. "With Bennie, the big thing is mental," Arbour said with an enigmatic smile. "He was reluctant. But since he's gone back, things have gone well for him and he's over the mental part. He adds speed. He's aggressive." Lorne Henning, one of Arbour's assistants, said Hogue's speed, toughness, passing ability and shooting touch are blending together well now "Because Bennie's just matured. We've given him more responsibility and he's responding. He came here with something to prove."

Although the deal is now considered a classic trade that helped both teams, it was thought at the time that Hogue had a personality conflict with Buffalo management. Now in his fifth full season at the age of 26, Hogue retained some of his free spirit while ripening into a team leader.

"Bennie has all the tools and he's built like a tank," said Flatley. "Al's forte is that he can bring out the best in players, but Bennie's a self-motivator, too. He's assumed a lot of responsibility. He realizes he's one of the best players here and he's definitely answering the phone."

Though "trash talk" is not the hip trend in hockey that it is in basketball, Hogue is one hockey's best at it, willing to needle foes in French or English.

Originally Posted by New York Times - 12/20/1992
Both came on feeds from Benoit Hogue, who also scorred once and successfully checked Mario Lemieux, holding him to two shots and one assist.

Originally Posted by The New York Times - 5/01/1993
Hogue injured the knuckle twice in the first-round series against the Washington Capitals, which the Islanders won, four games to two. The first injury came in Game 3 when Washington's Kevin Hatcher slashed him. Ed Tyburski, the Islanders' trainer, said there was no fracture but said the knuckle has an arthritic condition. The second injury came Wednesday night, in Game 6, and it was related to the Turgeon injury.

As Turgeon fell to the ice after being viciously leveled by Dale Hunter while celebrating the Islanders' fifth goal, a fight broke out among several players and Hogue reinjured the knuckle by punching Pat Elynuik.

Hogue, a speedy skater, is valuable because he can play center and left wing. He kills penalties and takes some shifts on the power player play.

Originally Posted by New York Times - 9/8/1994
"His versatility makes him worth a lot," said Maloney. "In penalty-killing, on the power play, in the last minute we play."

Said Lorne Henning, the new coach: "Hoagie kills penalties, he's one of our forwards on the power play, he can play all three forward positions, he can play the point on the power play. He's probably the most versatile player on the team.

Originally Posted by Gettysburg Times - Sep 8, 1994
"It was important to get him and soon," Islanders general manager Don Maloney said. "He's very versatile. He's a penalty-killer that can play all three forward positions.",772908

Originally Posted by New York Times - 10/28/1991
Hogue and McLIwain also killed penalties. Hogue showed a willingness to check and McLIwain displayed some intricate moves in confined space when clearing the puck while the Islanders were short-handed.

Originally Posted by NYI Top 10: Penalty Killers
8. Benoit Hogue
Hogue was a brash player whose four years on Long Island marked the apex of his career. He was acquired in 1991, and his impact would be almost immediate. In 1993-1994, he tied for the team lead with five shorthanded goals. Additionally, he made a name for himself as a defensive-minded winger, and this play carried over extremely well to the penalty kill.

Originally Posted by NYI Top 10: All-Time Speedsters
C/LW: When the French-Canadian joined the Islanders for the 1991-92 season, head coach Al Arbour indicated to Hogue that he should watch tapes of Selke-Trophy winner Guy Carbonneau. The brash Hogue responded by saying, "I can be a lot better than that guy." While Hogue never won the Selke Trophy as the league's most defensive forward, he was a responsible two-way forward in his three-and-a-half seasons with the Islanders, tying for the team lead in shorthanded goals in 1993-94 with five.

Originally Posted by NY Daily News - 5/22/1998
Dallas survived the Edmonton Oilers without Nieuwendyk with coach Ken Hitchcock sacrificing Modano's offense to use him in a defensive role against Doug Weight. Other players (notably Benoit Hogue) picked up the scoring slack, but such a gamble would not be likely to pay off against the deeper Red Wings unless Greg Adams and Pat Verbeek suddenly turn it on.

Originally Posted by The Dispatch - 4/14/2001
Hogue scored in overtime in Game 3 of the 1998 Stanley Cup playoffs to give Dallas a 1-0 victory over Edmonton and a 2-1 series lead. The coincidence was not lost on Hogue's teammates.

"He always seems to come up with something interesting and special," Stars captain Mike Modano said. "It's nice to see a guy like that, who been through what he has been through, come out and make a big impact like that."

Richard Mativchuk said: "Benny has scored some big goals in this arena for some reason,",4826221

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