Calgary, AB — Leading up to the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft on May 2 in Calgary, AB, the WHL will feature one-on-one interviews with top bantam age prospects.  This week we feature Tyler Benson, a forward with the South Side Athletic Club Southgate Lions Bantam AAA team. Tyler is the younger brother of Cole Benson, who currently wears #12 for the Edmonton Oil Kings.

2013 WHL Draft Profile – Tyler Benson
South Side Athletic Club Southgate Lions Bantam AAA,

What do you enjoy most about hockey?
I love showing up at the rink with my equipment and being able to compete with and against my friends.

How would you describe yourself as a hockey player?
I would describe myself as a strong power-forward. I have good vision on the ice and am able to find my teammates which allow me to create chances offensively to score.

What hockey player do you look up to the most?
I look up to Sidney Crosby the most because he is the best player in the world and he is still not satisfied with that. He is the hardest working player every time he steps on the ice and makes the players around him better.

What hockey player do you hope to play like one day?
A player I would like to play like would be Jarome Iginla. He is a very hard working skilled forward that is a leader both on and off the ice. He is a player that has been known to put up numbers consistently every year.

What are your goals in hockey?
My goals in hockey are to play in the WHL and then in the NHL.  Also I would like to be able to represent Canada in the World Junior Hockey tournament that happens every year during Christmas break.

What school are you currently attending? What is your favourite school subject?
The school I am attending right now is Our Lady of Mount Carmel and my favorite subject in school is Math.

What hobbies do you have outside of hockey?
Other hobbies I enjoy are playing ping pong and golfing with my friends.

What is your nickname?
The nickname that has stuck with me for most of my life is Benny.

What is your most cherished hockey memory?
My most cherished hockey memory is winning provincials in back to back years with my SSAC Bantam AAA team.  Another cherished memory of mine was beating the Bantam AAA scoring record this year.

What do you think will be the next big hockey moment in your life?
I think the next biggest hockey moment would be playing in the Western Canadian Bantam Championships for the second straight year (SSAC did earn a birth in this year’s championship, winning the gold medal).  A second big hockey moment is the upcoming Bantam draft in May.

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