Bev Bentley

 

 

Seattle Bombers 1952-53
Seattle Totems 1958-61
Goalie - 5'10" - 175 lbs.

Awards/Honors

  • WHL First Team All-Star:  1959

Championships

  • WHL Championship:  1959

All-Time Seattle Records (Regular Season)

  • Wins:  106 (tied 1st)

All-Time Seattle Records (Playoffs)

  • Wins:  17 

 

Statistics

Regular Season Playoffs
GP W L T SO GAA GP W L SO GAA
1952-53 Seattle Bombers 3 2 1 0 0 2.67
1958-59 Seattle Totems 64 35 26 3 2 3.18 12 11 1 2 1.64
1959-60 Seattle Totems 68 37 26 4 3 3.02 4 0 4 0 2.89
1960-61 Seattle Totems 63 32 26 5 1 3.12 11 6 5 0 2.88
Seattle Totals 198 106 79 12 6 . 27 17 10 2 .

Born in Delisle, Saskatchewan, Bev came from a distinguished hockey family that included brothers Doug, Max and Reggie, all of who played in the NHL.  He played on season in the amateur PCHL in 1947-48 with Oakland and Los Angeles before heading back to the prairies to continue playing senior hockey.  He made his professional debut by opening the 1952-53 season on loan to the Seattle Bombers, earning two wins before being returned to the Saskatoon Quakers after the Bombers had acquired goalie Bill Brennan.

Bentley returned to Seattle 11 games into the 1958-59 season, being acquired from New Westminster to replace the inconsistent Billy Tibbs (who was 5-1-0 at the time).  Bentley went on to start the remainder of the Totems' 64 games, earning a 35-26-3 record and leading the club to it's only first place regular season finish during it's 27 seasons in the professional PCHL/WHL.  In the playoffs he was an incredible 11-1 with a 1.64 GAA, including a sweep of the Calgary Stampeders in the finals.  The Stampeders were the top team in the WHL's Prairie Division and had the most potent offense in the league, but Bentley held them to just six goals in four games including a shutout in game three.  It was the first professional championship for Seattle since the 1935-36 Sea Hawks.

Bentley had two more productive seasons in Seattle before being shipped to San Francisco in the summer of 1961.  His career came to a premature close due to a serious shoulder injury, though he did still manage to make 14 appearances with Knoxville of the EHL from 1965-67 while working as that team's trainer.  His 106 regular season wins with the Bombers and Totems tie him for the most all-time by a goalie in a Seattle uniform.