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Michael Henrich (born March 4, 1980) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. An NHL first-round draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 1998, Henrich played several years of professional hockey in North America before moving to professional hockey in Europe. Henrich is the first Jewish player to be selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft,[1] and the only player taken in the first round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft who did not play a regular season game in the National Hockey League.[2]

Michael Henrich
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Michael Henrich in 2007
Born (1980-03-04) March 4, 1980 (age 39)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2.5 in (189 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Right Wing/Centre/Defence
Shot Right
Played for AHL
Hamilton Bulldogs
Hershey Bears
Toronto Roadrunners
DEL
Füchse Duisburg
Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg
Serie A
HC Asiago
EBEL
Dornbirner EC
EIHL
Coventry Blaze
NHL Draft 13th overall, 1998
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2000–2014

Henrich's younger brother Adam Henrich is also a former professional hockey player for the Coventry Blaze.

Personal lifeEdit

Henrich, who is Jewish,[3] was born in Toronto and raised in Thornhill, Ontario.[4]

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

Michael Henrich had a standout junior career with the Barrie Colts from 1996 to 2000 in the Ontario Hockey League. Barrie drafted him 5th overall in the 1996 Ontario Hockey League priority selection draft out of the Metro Toronto Hockey Leagues Midget Wexford Raiders.

In 1997 he was selected to the Ontario Hockey League all-star team, was voted MVP for Team Orr at the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and was voted by Ontario Hockey League coaches in the annual coaches poll as best shot, hardest shot and most dangerous in the goal area in his conference.

In 1999–2000 he was an assistant captain of the Ontario Hockey League champion Barrie Colts. Barrie competed in the 2000 Memorial Cup in Halifax finishing runner-up.

1998 NHL draft and North American HockeyEdit

Prior the 1998 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, New York, Henrich was rated high by the NHL's Central Scouting Service who ranked him 3rd in their initial rankings amongst North American skaters, and by many sportswriters, including USA Today's Phil Colvin, who had him ranked as the third best prospect in the draft behind David Legwand and Vincent Lecavalier.[5][6]

Henrich was ultimately selected 13th overall by the Edmonton Oilers. He was selected ahead of eight future NHL All-Stars including Simon Gagne (22nd overall), Scott Gomez (27th overall), Brad Richards (64th overall), and Pavel Datsyuk (171st overall). As a result of Henrich not playing a regular season NHL game, coupled with the large number of NHL all-stars drafted after him, many sportswriters and networks cite him as an example of a draft bust,[7][8][9][10][11][12][13] with NHL.com columnist and hockey author John Kreiser even listing Henrich as one of Edmonton's all-time biggest draft disappointments alongside Jason Bonsignore and Scott Allison.[14]

His professional career in North America lasted four seasons in which he played a total of 9 pre-season games for the Edmonton Oilers scoring 1 goal and 1 assist. He also played 219 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs, Toronto Roadrunners and Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and 6 games with the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks of the ECHL.

InternationalEdit

In 1996–97 Henrich competed for Team Ontario at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Red Deer, Alberta where Team Ontario won the gold medal. He was selected to the Canada men's national junior ice hockey team selection camp in 1998 and 1999. He represented Canada men's national ice hockey team at the Deutschland Cup in Hannover, Germany in 2002 where Canada won gold medal. In 2003, he represented Canada men's national ice hockey team at the Sweden Hockey Games in Stockholm, Sweden, where Canada placed third.

Henrich played hockey for Team Canada at the age of 17 at the 1997 Maccabiah Games in Israel where the team won a gold medal.[15][16][17]

EuropeEdit

Henrich played in the HockeyAllsvenskan for Mora IK in 2002. He spent the 2004–05 NHL lockout with the Austrian National League team EK Zell am See and won the league championship. In 2005, he played for the Füchse Duisburg of the DEL. In 2006, he played for the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg of the 2nd Bundesliga and won the league championship. In 2008 he signed with Lega Italiana Hockey Ghiaccio club HC Asiago and won the league championship. He was a member of Dornbirner EC of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga in 2012 and finished his career in 2014 with the Coventry Blaze of the Elite Ice Hockey League.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Barrie Colts OHL 52 9 15 24 19 9 0 5 5 0
1997–98 Barrie Colts OHL 66 41 22 63 75 5 1 3 4 0
1998–99 Barrie Colts OHL 62 38 33 71 42 12 0 2 2 4
1999–2000 Barrie Colts OHL 66 38 48 86 69 25 10 18 28 30
2000–01 Tallahassee Tiger Sharks ECHL 6 1 1 2 0
2000–01 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 73 5 10 15 36
2001–02 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 67 14 24 38 24 9 2 2 4 2
2002–03 Mora IK Elitserien 12 3 1 4 16
2002–03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 12 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Hershey Bears AHL 9 0 1 1 4 1 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Toronto Roadrunners AHL 58 14 10 24 28 3 2 0 2 0
2004–05 EK Zell am See Austria 34 42 35 77 122
2005–06 Füchse Duisburg DEL 38 9 9 18 32 4 4 0 4 29
2006–07 Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg 2.GBun 48 16 20 36 0 10 8 4 12 6
2007–08 Grizzlys Adams Wolfsburg DEL 56 16 15 31 26
2009–10 Asiago Lions Serie A 39 27 33 60 22 15 7 11 18 10
2010–11 Asiago Lions Serie A 40 22 27 49 20 17 13 6 19 8

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A special brotherly connection: Henrichs on short list of Jewish players in pro hockey". Timesleader.com. March 15, 2009. Archived from the original on March 20, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ 1998 NHL Entry Draft Picks
  3. ^ "Professional Hockey Review: 2010–11; European Hockey League". Jewish Sports Review. 8 (87): 8–9. September–October 2011.
  4. ^ Michael Henrich - Eliteprospects.com
  5. ^ "1998 NHL Scouting Service Rankings". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. June 23, 1998. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
  6. ^ "Top 10 prospects for the 1998 NHL Draft". Usatoday.com. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
  7. ^ Winnipeg Free Press The top bargains and busts from the past 20 years of the NHL draft
  8. ^ "EDMONTON OILERS: 2008-09 TOP 12 PROSPECTS". Tsn.ca. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
  9. ^ "NHL Draft 2011: Who's Next? the Biggest First Round Busts from 1975-2000". Bleacherreport.com. June 21, 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
  10. ^ Zona, Derek (November 7, 2009). "Scouting Europeans From a Beach in Mexico". Coppernblue.com. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
  11. ^ "Lightning Top 20 prospects". Hockeysfuture.com. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
  12. ^ "1998 NHL Entry Draft". Hockeydb.com. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
  13. ^ Jes Golbez %BloggerTitle% (June 16, 2008). "A Look Back at the 1998 Entry Draft". Aolnews.com. Archived from the original on July 20, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  14. ^ "Hits and misses at the Draft by Northwest Division teams". Nhl.com. June 21, 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
  15. ^ Maccabi announces its ‘Team Canada’
  16. ^ Maccabi Team Canada
  17. ^ "Peres hosts Maccabiah's Olympian athletes" | The Times of Israel

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