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Blues Defenseman Andre Benoit Excited For Return to NHL

Veteran defenseman Andre Benoit was recalled by the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

The St. Louis Blues recalled defenseman Andre Benoit from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on Sunday. On Monday night, he’s expected to make his debut with his new team. 

“Obviously I’m excited and I want to come here and show what I can do and take it from there,” Benoit told reporters following the Blues’ skate on Monday morning.

The 32-year-old Benoit has appeared in 179 career regular-season games with the Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators. He has 48 points (11 goals, 37 assists) and 60 penalty minutes in his career. 

He signed with the Blues as a free agent last summer and had played in 37 games with the Wolves and recorded 25 points (four goals, 21 assists). He ranked first on Chicago in assists and second in points. 

"Benoit's here because quite frankly, he played the best of anybody there," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters on Monday. "We're in that situation. We've got four games left (before the all-star break). We sustained another injury and we need him to be a good player for us right now. He's played the best of any of them down there the last three weeks or so and deserved the call-up and so he got the call-up and he's going to play tonight."

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