T. J. Hensick

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T. J. Hensick
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Born (1985-12-10) December 10, 1985 (age 29)
Howell, MI, USA
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
AHL team
Former teams
Hamilton Bulldogs
Colorado Avalanche
St. Louis Blues
Modo Hockey
NHL Draft 88th overall, 2005
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2007–present

Timothy James Hensick (born December 10, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey center. He is currently playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Playing career[edit]

Hensick was drafted 88th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. Hensick previously played amateur hockey with the Honeybaked Hockey Program and the United States National Development Program. He spent four years (2003–07) at University of Michigan playing collegiate ice hockey. Hensick had a league leading 69 points and 46 assists in the 2006–07 season, but was not among the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. He was, however, named in the NCAA All-American Team.[1] Hensick scored 222 points in his collegiate career with the Wolverines. It proved to be the most by any player in the Decade as Hensick was later honoured, named in the First All-Decade Team.[2]

After his senior year with the Wolverines, Hensick was signed by the Avalanche to a three-year entry level contract on April 11, 2007.[3] T.J. made his professional debut in the 2007–08 season with the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL, the Avalanche's affiliate team. Hensick was called up to the Avalanche on November 29, 2007,[4] and made his NHL debut in a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on November 30, 2007.[5] Hensick, in his second game, scored his first NHL goal against the Los Angeles Kings in a 5-2 win on December 1, 2007.[6] He was named as Lake Erie's only contribution to the 2008 AHL All-Star Game, playing for PlanetUSA, Hensick led the team with 2 goals and 2 assists in a 9-8 shoot-out loss to the Canadian All-Stars.[7]

Hensick made the Avalanche opening roster to start the 2009–10 season.[8] Reduced to a reserve forward, T.J. played in only 7 games before he was placed on waivers on November 25, 2009.[9] After clearing waivers he was assigned to Lake Erie and lead the Monsters in scoring with 70 points. Hensick was named "AHL player of the Month" in December, becoming the first player to be awarded in Monsters history.[10] T.J. was also selected to the 2010 AHL All-Star Game, replacing injured teammate Darren Haydar, as the lone Lake Erie representative.[11]

On June 17, 2010, after he was unable to establish himself with the Avalanche, and in need of a new contract, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues for Julian Talbot.[12] On July 14, 2010, Hensick agreed to a contract with the Blues signing a one-year two way contract.[13] After attending the Blues training camp for the 2010–11 season, he was reassigned to AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen, during the preseason.[14] During the season, Hensick was recalled from the Rivermen to make his Blues debut, marking his 100th career NHL game in a defeat to the Detroit Red Wings on November 17, 2010.[15] At the conclusion of the season, he participated in 13 games for the Blues, scoring 1 goal.

After his third consecutive season in leading the Rivermen in scoring within the Blues organization, Hensick left as a free agent to sign his first European contract on a one-year deal with Swedish club, Modo Hockey, of the Swedish Hockey League on June 13, 2013.[16] After finally agreeing the transfer to Sweden from many years of interest with many clubs, Hensick failed to meet expectations producing just 4 goals and 11 assists in 31 games.[17] After he was permitted a mutual release, Hensick returned to North America and signed an AHL contract with the Abbotsford Heat on January 11, 2014. Procedurally placed on waivers after participating in Europe, Hensick was immediately claimed by the Hartford Wolf Pack, an affiliate of the New York Rangers.[18] Hensick continued where he left off in the AHL, producing offensively with 34 points in 42 games, as the Wolf Pack missed the playoffs.

On July 3, 2014, Hensick decided to continue in the AHL and signed as a free agent to a one-year contract with the Hamilton Bulldogs.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 U.S. National Development Team USDP 63 25 30 55 10
2002–03 U.S. National Development Team USDP 58 30 31 61 11
2003–04 U. of Michigan CCHA 43 12 34 46 38
2004–05 U. of Michigan CCHA 39 23 32 55 24
2005–06 U. of Michigan CCHA 41 17 35 52 44
2006–07 U. of Michigan CCHA 41 23 46 69 38
2007–08 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 50 12 33 45 18
2007–08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 31 6 5 11 2 2 0 1 1 0
2008–09 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 12 7 9 16 2
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 61 4 17 21 14
2009–10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 7 1 2 3 0
2009–10 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 58 20 50 70 25
2010–11 Peoria Rivermen AHL 59 21 48 69 27 4 2 1 3 2
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 13 1 2 3 2
2011–12 Peoria Rivermen AHL 66 21 49 70 20
2012–13 Peoria Rivermen AHL 76 19 48 67 50
2013–14 Modo Hockey SHL 31 4 11 15 2
2013–14 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 42 11 23 34 0
NHL totals 112 12 26 38 18 2 0 1 1 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2003 United States WJC18 4th 6 6 4 10 0
Junior totals 6 6 4 10 0

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
CCHA Rookie of the Year 2003-04
All-CCHA Rookie Team 2003-04 [20]
All-CCHA First Team 2003-04, 2004-05, 2006-07
CCHA Scoring Leader 2004-05, 2006-07
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2004-05, 2006-07 [1]
All-CCHA Second Team 2005-06
NCAA Scoring Leader 2006-07
CCHA All-Tournament Team 2007 [21]
AHL
All-Star Game 2008, 2011, 2012
Second All-Star Team 2012 [22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CCHA places seven players on RBK West All-American Team". CCHA.com. 2007-04-06. Retrieved 2009-03-18. [dead link]
  2. ^ "CHN All-Decade Team". College Hockey News. 2010-01-10. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  3. ^ "Avalanche signs Hensick, Macias". avalanche.nhl.com. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  4. ^ "Avalanche recalls T.J. Hensick". avalanche.nhl.com. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  5. ^ "Sharks 3, Avalanche 2". cbssports.com. 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  6. ^ "Smyth's 2 third-period goals lead Avalanche to 5-2 win over Kings". yahoo.sports.com. 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  7. ^ "Lake Erie's T.J. Hensick shines in AHL All-Star classic". bleacherreport.com. 2008-01-29. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  8. ^ "NHL announces opening rosters". NHL. 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  9. ^ "Hensick placed on waivers". Denver Post. 2009-11-26. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  10. ^ "Lake Erie Monsters' T.J. Hensick named AHL player of month". The Plain Dealer. 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  11. ^ "Hensick providing a jolt to Lake Erie". AHL. 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  12. ^ "Blues trade prospect Talbot to Avalanche for Hensick". TSN. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  13. ^ "Blues signs Reaves, All-Star center Hensick for Rivermen". PJStar.com. 2010-07-14. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  14. ^ "Hensick assigned to Peoria". St. Louis Blues. 2010-09-28. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  15. ^ "Red Wings topple Blues". Yahoo! Sports. 2010-11-17. Retrieved 2010-11-17. 
  16. ^ "T.J. Hensick ready for Modo Hockey" (in Swedish). Modo Hockey. 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  17. ^ "Modo's dream acquisition goes home" (in Swedish). hockeysverige.se. 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  18. ^ "Wolf Pack add forward T.J. Hensick". Hartford Wolf Pack. 2014-01-11. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  19. ^ "Bulldogs sign T.J. Hensick to a one-year contract". Hamilton Bulldogs. 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2014-07-03. 
  20. ^ "Hensick, Hunwick selected for CCHA All-Rookie Team". Michigan Wolverines. 2004-03-04. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
  21. ^ "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  22. ^ "Bishop and Hensick named AHL Second team All-Stars". Peoria Rivermen. 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jeff Tambellini
CCHA Rookie of the Year
2003–04
Succeeded by
Bill Thomas