The Colorado Avalanche have signed Andre Benoit to a one year, one way deal worth $900K.

Benoit played five years of junior hockey with the Rangers of the OHL. Benoit was not drafted by any NHL team but was signed by the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey LeagueA in the summer of 2005. Benoit began his professional career in the 2005–06 season with the Bulldogs and was signed in 2006 a three-year entry level contract with the Montreal Canadiens, the NHL parent team of the Bulldogs. Benoit spent the rest of that season and the entirety of the next season with Hamilton, helping the Bulldogs capture the Calder Cup.

After his three-year deal expired in 2007, Benoit went to play in Europe, playing one season with Tappara Tampere of the SM-liiga in 2007–08, followed by one season with Södertälje SK of the Swedish Elite League.Benoit returned to North America in 2009, signing a one-year contract with the Canadiens in May 2009. Benoit played most of the 2009–10 season with the AHL Bulldogs.In the 2010 off-season, Benoit left the Canadiens organization and signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators.He failed to make the NHL team out of training camp and was assigned to its minor league affiliate Binghamton Senators. Benoit was called up to Ottawa in February 2011. Benoit returned to Binghamton for the post-season and was a member of the team that won the Calder Cup. In the 2011 off-season, Benoit signed a one-year contract with Spartak Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League. Last year, after returning the Senators, Benoit recorded three goals and ten points in 34 contests.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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