Jim Elmer Benning ( born April 29, 1963 in Edmonton, Alberta ) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who played from 1981 to 1990 for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League and currently as an assistant general manager of the Boston Bruins works. His brother Brian also played in the NHL.
Jim Benning began his career as a hockey player with the Portland Winter Hawks, for whom he played in the Western Hockey League from 1979 to 1981. He was then in the first round selected in the NHL Entry Draft in 1981 as a sixth player overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs, for which he was the next 5 ½ years active in the National Hockey League. The 1986/87 season began Benning NHL team the Maple Leafs, then played for the at that time the farm team of the American Hockey League, the Newmarket Saints, and was finally adopted on December 2, 1986 along with Dan Hodgson in exchange for Rick Lanz to the submitted Vancouver Canucks.
In the summer of 1990 the defender left the Canucks and moved to the Milwaukee Admirals of the International Hockey League. His active career, he finally finished the HC Varese in the Italian Serie A. 1991/92 season
Following his playing career Benning worked first as an amateur scout for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993 /94), and later as a scout for the Buffalo Sabres ( 1994-1998 ) and currently as an assistant general manager of the Boston Bruins.