On Monday morning, the Halifax Thunderbirds announced that veteran forward Ryan Benesch had accepted the franchise tag and signed a three-year deal with the franchise. The veteran forward will be entering his 14th season this year as he moves to Halifax with the franchise.
The Halifax franchise acquired Benesch, a 13-year veteran, via trade with Colorado this past season when they were in Rochester. He will yet again be a crucial part of the offense with guys like Kyle Jackson, Chris Boushy, and others around him.
One of only nine players to reach 1,000 points in his career, Benesch is a prolific lefty that brings a lot to the table. He has a career total of 1,110 points (433G/577A), thus far. Benesch is currently 10th all-time in career assist and 11th all-time in goals.
In a press release, Halifax Head Coach Mike Accursi said, “He’s one of the best lefties around and we are glad he chose The Halifax Thunderbirds for the next three years. Adding Ryan solidifies the left side of our offense as one of the best in the league.”
Benesch was drafted by Toronto in the 2006 NLL Draft and spent two seasons with the Rock, including a 2007 campaign that saw him take home honors as the NLL Rookie of The Year. The veteran has also spent time in Edmonton, Minnesota, Buffalo, Colorado, and Rochester throughout his career.