The Mississauga Senators are proud to announce that Benjamin Hynes has been selected as the player of the month for October. This is Hynes first year playing with the Mississauga Senators and has already made a huge impact on and off the ice. Hynes is currently playing defence on the Minor Pewee team and wears #76 as he is a big P.K. Subban fan, who is also a Sens Alum playing in his Minor Bantam year for the Senators organization. Hynes previously wore #11 and jokes that he tried to do what they do in the NHL and offered a gold Rolex but his teammate wouldn’t go for it.
Hynes most memorable moment is scoring his first goal as a Senator on October 27th in a 4-1 win over the Markham Majors. He also reflects on the team’s first road trip to the Motown Classic in Detroit as a memorable moment this season. Hynes brings leadership to his team and is always working hard on and off the ice. Hynes will tell you “as the saying goes, while I might not score a lot of goals, the opponent doesn’t either when I’m on the ice”.
Going forward in the season, Hynes is looking forward to finishing the season and making it to the playoffs, “I believe in my team and that we will continue working hard together to finish the Minor Peewee hockey season with no regrets. I also look forward to learning more and developing my skills with the great coaching staff we have on the team”.
Hynes has always had a love for being on the ice. One of his first times going out to play hockey was outdoors on Grenadier Pond in High Park and after that there was no turning back. Whenever there is an opportunity to be on the ice, Ben is there. “Benjamin is one of those players you have on a team that exemplifies positivity. He is always the first player prepared and ready to go the extra mile both on and off the ice. Benjamin’s contagious smile is something that separates him from others. His attentive and well-rounded attitude allows Benjamin to work well with others and be the best version of himself. Benjamin does not deter away from challenges and obstacles, instead he finds solutions and deals with them head on. Getting to know and work with Benjamin has been an absolute pleasure” says Head Coach Steven Comegna.
Off the ice, Ben is very involved with programs at school such as the Me to We Program and running for class President. Two years ago, Hynes met a young hockey player named Darian Hunt who was battling leukemia. Hunt was from Newfoundland and receiving treatment at SickKids in Toronto where he and Ben made a connection through hockey as they both wore #11 at that time. Hynes would go to visit Darian at the hospital. McHappy Day was May 2nd, 2019 this year and Ben was asked to give a presentation at his school with his connection to the Ronald McDonald House. Two days later, Darian lost his battle with cancer and Ben wears a #11 Hunt sticker on his helmet and hockey bag, wears a #11 pin on jacket and before every game, he marks #11 on the ice with his stick.
If you follow us on social media, you would know that we were asking throughout October for Senator players to bring their used equipment, hockey sticks and hockey bags to the arena for donation. This equipment drive was run by Ben and is the second year that he has been involved and helping the two organizers, Daniel Berton (2005 Westmall Lighting Goalie), and Ethan Kowatsch (2005 Toronto Titans Goalie). This year was the fourth year of the drive and the biggest yet with 252 hockey bags full of gently used equipment, under armour, hockey tape, water bottles and more. There were 236 sticks collected and 35 sets of goalie equipment. Paul Harrison, former Ontario Provincial Police officer and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender (1978-80) helped with getting the equipment to various remote northern Aboriginal communities including Attawapiskat, Brunswick House, Chapleau Cree, Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Moose Factory and Wahgoshig.
The Mississauga Senators are extremely proud of all of Ben’s hard work on and especially off the ice. We would like to congratulate Ben on all of his passion and dedication and wish you a #SENSational rest of the season.