Toronto Malboros 2006 AAA Head Coach
Born October 17, 1986 is an ice hockey forward, currently playing for the Brampton Beast of the ECHL. Justin played with his identical twin brother Tyler Donati on the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors of the OHL.
On January 8, 2005 Justin, along with his brother Tyler, was acquired from the Oshawa Generals to the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors for Cal Clutterbuck. In February 2007 Justin was acquired from the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors to the Sudbury Wolves.
Justin and his brother both attended the Detroit Red Wings rookie camp as non-draft invitees in August/Sept of 2006 and played well, both producing points regularly throughout the tournament games. Justin signed with the UPEI Panthers of the Atlantic University Sport conference in December 2007. A shoulder injury kept him out until early February, but he posted 10 points in his four games with the club.
On May 31, 2013, Donati left Norway and joined his brother in signing a one-year contract with Austrian club, HC TWK Innsbruck of the EBEL.
On July 10, 2014 a free agent after a single season with Innsbruck, Donati signed a one-year contract in Sweden with Vita Hästen of the HockeyAllsvenskan.
Justin Di Benedetto
Vaughan Kings 2006 AAA Head Coach
Justin DiBenedetto (born August 25, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently an unrestricted free agent who last played with Ritten/Renon of the Italian Serie A league. DiBenedetto was drafted 175th overall by the New York Islanders during the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. DiBenedetto was born in Maple, Ontario.
DiBenedetto began his junior hockey career with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey League in the 2004–05 season, recording nine points in 64 games as a rookie, followed by no points in nine playoff games. In the 2005–06 season, DiBenedetto saw his production increase, as he earned 30 points in 61 games, followed by a goal in four playoff contests. During the off-season, the Majors traded DiBenedetto to the Sarnia Sting.
DiBenedetto joined the Sting for the 2006–07 season, where he once again saw an increase in his production, as he finished with 63 points in 58 games, as well as a team high +21 rating. In the playoffs, DiBenedetto had three points in four games.
In 2007–08, DiBenedetto saw another big increase in his point production, as he finished second on the Sting with 93 points in 58 games. DiBenedetto then had ten points in nine playoff games for Sarnia. During the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Islanders drafted DiBenedetto in the sixth round.
DiBenedetto returned to Sarnia for his overage season in 2008–09, where in 62 games, he scored 45 goals and 93 points to lead the Sting, and finish third in the OHL scoring race, in five playoff games Justin had three assists. Following his successful campaign he was named to the OHL’s Second All-Star team and was awarded the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as the top overage player of the year.
When the Sting were eliminated from the playoffs, Justin signed a three-year entry level contract with the New York Islanders on April 9, 2009. He was then assigned to the Islanders affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL for the playoffs. In three post-season games with Bridgeport, DiBenedetto scored a goal.
He returned to the Sound Tigers for the 2009–10 season. DiBenedetto appeared to make his NHL debut in 8 games for the Islanders in the 2010-11 season, recording 1 assist. He then spent a final season in the Islanders organization as an alternate captain with the Sound Tigers.
In his third season abroad, DiBenedetto joined his fourth European club in returning to the Austrian Hockey League with Dornbirner EC on July 14, 2014. On February 2, 2015, DiBenedetto left Dornbirner and transferred for the remainder of the season with Italian club, Ritten/Renon of the Serie A.
Richmond Hill Coyotes 2006 AAA Coach