Bernie Bennett scores in Canadiens alumni game

Bernie Bennett's hockey dream came true when he scored a goal in a penalty shot last night while playing with his childhood heroes on the Montreal Canadiens alumni team. The team won the game, 10-4.

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Bernie Bennett's hockey dream came true last night, when he scored a penalty goal while playing with his childhood heroes on the Montreal Canadiens alumni team in Yellowknife. (Courtesy Bernie Bennett)

Hundreds of people packed Yellowknife's Multiplex arena last night for the Memorial Hockey Challenge.

The Montreal Canadien's Alumni were in town taking on a team made up of the RCMP and Fire Division.

It was a 10 - 4 win for the alumni, who had two Yellowknifers on their bench: Dominic Cousineau and 52-year-old rookie Bernie Bennett.

Bennet learned to skate after he won the opportunity to play with the alumni team.

Last night, he did more than that: he scored a goal on a penalty shot.

His wife Diana was thrilled. 

"It was amazing," she says. "I couldn't stop smiling. I didn't eat or drink because I was so nervous for him. It was absolutely amazing. It was just a dream come true. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time." 

Bennett plans to continue playing hockey. 

He's now shooting to play for the Northern Hockey Challenge cup.