2007-08: This was Ben Sexton’s first season with the Nepean Raiders (COJHL). In 48 games he scored 15 goals and as many assists. His 71 penalty minutes was a career-high for Sexton.
2008-09: This was Sexton’s second season with the Nepean Raiders (COJHL), a 38 game stretch that resulted in 14 goals and 35 points. His play this season got him a nod to the CJHL All-Star Third Team. Expect to see the forward with fellow Bruins prospect Nicholas Tremblay at Clarkson (ECAC) next season. Ben is the son of Florida Panthers Asst. GM Randy Sexton.
2009-2010: Instead of going right away to the ECAC, Sexton spent a season with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL where he scored 13 goals and 42 points in 50 games.
2010-11: Sexton was off to a good start in his freshman season at Clarkson (ECAC) before breaking his arm in a November game. He missed 22 games before returning for the last six games of the season for the Golden Knights (15-19-2), who finished tied for seventh in the 12-team ECAC Hockey league and were defeated by Harvard in the first round of the league playoffs. In 12 games, Sexton scored 5 goals with 3 assists and was +2 with 12 PMs.
2011-12: Sexton was the third-leading scorer for Clarkson as a sophomore despite missing 12 games with a head injury. An assistant captain for the Golden Knights, he scored 8 goals with 21 assists and was minus-four with 44 penalty minutes in 27 games. Clarkson finished seventh in ECAC Hockey and lost to Harvard in the first round of the league tournament.
2012-13: Sexton was a team captain and the Golden Knights’ second-leading scorer in his junior season at Clarkson. Sexton once again battled through injuries, skating in 28 of 36 games, and received the team’s Ironman Award for his toughness. He scored 5 goals with 15 assists and was -4; finishing second on the Golden Knights with 70 penalty minutes. Clarkson finished tied with Cornell for ninth in ECAC Hockey and was swept by Brown in a first round playoff series.
2013-14: Sexton signed a three-year entry-level contract with Boston in March 2014 and made his pro hockey debut with Bruins’ AHL affiliate Providence following his senior season at Clarkson. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -4 with 9 penalties in nine AHL regular season games. Providence finished third in the Atlantic Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Sexton did not play in any playoff games. Sexton was the second-leading scorer for Clarkson and led the Golden Knights with 88 penalty minutes. He scored 6 goals with 22 assists and was +5 in 35 games. Clarkson finished tied with Yale for fifth-place in ECAC Hockey; sweeping Princeton in a first round series before losing 1-0 in overtime in the decisive third game of their quarterfinal series against Cornell.
Sexton has excellent speed, decent offensive skills, and can set plays up as well as finish. He shows good hustle and defensive diligence. Despite lacking the prototypical size of a power forward he is willing to battle in tight spaces and will stick up for teammates.
Sexton attended his first NHL training camp with the Bruins before being assigned to AHL affiliate Providence to start the 2014-15 season. He suffered an ankle in jury in a pre-season game against Springfield and did not make his season debut with the P-Bruins until January 2015. Long-term he projects as a lower line, two-way forward who can provide supplementary scoring and toughness to an NHL lineup. He will likely spend time at the AHL level returning to form from his injury and improving his all around game before reaching that potential.