CHL Player Of The Week: Justin DiBenedetto
Total Pro Sports – Congratulations to CHL Player Of The Week: Justin DiBenedetto of the Sarnia Sting. Justin DiBenedetto had a huge week ending October 12th, 2008, he tallied 5 goals and 4 assists for a total of 9 points in 3 games. All 5 goals all came against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds tying a Sarnia Sting record, held by Jon Sim, B.J. Johnson, and Brendan Yarema.
Justin scored 3 goals in the first period for the natural hat-trick, and then scored the next 2 in the second period, one of them being shorthanded. He also recorded 2 assists that night for 7 points in one game, later receiving first star of the game.
Justin won a Sarina resident “Jen Lyttle”, $10,000 for a contest run by 103.9FM/1070AM CHOK radio and their game sponsor Bond Petroleum for tying the Sting record for goals in a single game. Jen Lyttle, says she is going to give Justin $500 for her unexpected winnings.
So far Justin is off to a great start this season with the Sarnia Sting, he has only played 5 games adding 6 goals and 6 assists for 12 points. He is currently 9th in the OHL in points.
20 year old, Justin DiBenedetto a resident of Maple, Ontario was drafted in 2008 by the New York Islanders in the 6th round, 175th overall. A steal for the Islanders late in the draft. Last year with the Sarnia Sting Justin DiBenedetto scored 39 goals and 54 assists for 93 points in 58 games playing alongside phenom and best friend Steven Stamkos.
Justin DiBenedetto is sure to improve on those stats this year, and recieve multiple CHL Player Of The Week honors.
Keep on eye on this kid! Islanders pro scout Tim MacLean:
“Justin is very skilled. He put up a lot of points and that wasn’t just from feeding off Stamkos. Justin likes to go in the dirty areas. He has a good shot good and is a finisher. He knows how to get to the open ice and developed good chemistry with his linemates. Justin works hard and plays well with skilled players.”
A future NHL grinder!