February 7, 1985 |
Brockton, MA, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
|NHL Draft||43rd overall, 2003
San Jose Sharks
Joshua Hennessy (born February 7, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey player. Hennessy is currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently for Växjö Lakers of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Hennessy previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins.
Hennessy was drafted 17th overall by the Quebec Remparts at the 2001 QMJHL draft. He finished the 2001–02 season with 40 points, good for the 6th in scoring on his team.
Hailing from New England, Hennessy did not speak French when he arrived. However, during his first year, he made an effort to learn which started to put him in a leadership role. The team rewarded his efforts by giving him the assistant captain's role in his second year with the team. That season Hennessy and his team qualified for the 2003 Memorial Cup but Quebec was eliminated at the after round-robin tournament losing all three games.
During his third year, Hennessy, now fluent in French, was named the captain of the Quebec Remparts. That year Hennessy scored well and put up a decent amount of points. However, an injury ended his season and knocked him out of the playoffs. He was then drafted by the NHL's San Jose Sharks 43rd overall in 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
In the 2004–05 season, coaching staff had high hopes for him and his development. Hennessey recorded approximately the same numbers for the third straight year, but ended up first in team scoring that season. Expectations were higher, especially since he was playing with top prospect, Alexander Radulov.
Hennessy started his pro career with the San Jose Sharks' farm team the Cleveland Barons in 2005-06. He led the Barons in goals (24) and assists (39) for 63 points in 80 games. He was one of only two players on the team to play in every regular-season game. Hennessy holds the franchise records for both goals and points in a season by a rookie and was named the Barons Rookie of the Year for the 2005–06 season.
Hennessy was traded by the Sharks, along with Tom Preissing, to the Ottawa Senators via the Chicago Blackhawks on July 9, 2006 in a three-way deal. Ottawa traded Bryan Smolinski and Martin Havlat to Chicago who sent Mark Bell to San Jose while sending Michal Barinka and a 2008 2nd round pick to Ottawa.
Hennessy then spent the majority of 2006-07 season with the Senators AHL's affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. During the season on his second call up to Ottawa, Hennessy scored his first NHL goal on January 7, 2007 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
On May 6, 2010, Hennessy left the Senators organization after four years signing a one-year deal with Swiss club HC Lugano of the NLA.
On July 5, 2011, Hennessy signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Boston Bruins. He was assigned to AHL primary affiliate, the Providence Bruins, for the majority of the 2011–12 season. In 67 games he contributed offensively with 41 points, before he was recalled to appear in 3 scoreless games with the Bruins.
During the 2014–15 season, Hennessy featured in 27 games in the KHL with HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk before opting for a mid-season transfer to Swedish club, Växjö Lakers, on December 30, 2014. In adding 13 points in just 20 games to close out the season with the Lakers and claim the Swedish Championship, Hennessy was signed to a two-year contract extension on June 4, 2015.
|2014–15||HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk||KHL||27||2||6||8||20||—||—||—||—||—|
Player of the week
- Week 23: 2003-03-10 to 2003-03-18
- Week 10: 2003-11-17 to 2003-11-23
Player of the month
- December 2003
- Plaque Karcher (humanitarian) - 2004
Player of the month
- December 2003
Cleveland Barons Rookie of the Year
- "Blackhawks obtain Sens' Havlat in three team deal". ESPN. 2006-07-09. Retrieved 2009-02-26.
- "The fighting spirit of Josh Hennessy is in the Resega" (in German). HC Lugano. 2010-05-06. Archived from the original on February 23, 2007. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
- "Boston signs Tardif and Hennessy". American Hockey League. 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2011-07-05.
- "Josh Hennessy joins the Växjö Lakers" (in Swedish). Växjö Lakers. 2014-12-30. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
- "Vaxjo extend two years with Hennessy" (in Swedish). Växjö Lakers. 2015-06-04. Retrieved 2015-06-04.