Bennett celebrates Stanley Cup with Penguins


Beau Bennett, a former Los Angeles Jr. King, celebrated a Stanley Cup championship last night as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Gardena native is the first graduate of the Jr. Kings program - and first born-and-trained player from California - to hoist the Cup.

After his development with the Jr. Kings, Bennett, a forward, went on to play a year of junior hockey with the British Columbia Hockey League’s Penticton Vees before playing two years of NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Denver.

Bennett just completed his fourth season with the Penguins - the team that selected him in the first round (20th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft - recording six goals for 12 points in 33 regular-season games.

The Penguins bested the San Jose Sharks, 4 games to 2, to win the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals series.