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, 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.
March 4, 1980|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2.5 in (189 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams
13th overall, 1998|
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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 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 Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams of the DEL2 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.
|2000–01||Tallahassee Tiger Sharks||ECHL||6||1||1||2||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||EK Zell am See||Austria||34||42||35||77||122|
|2007–08||Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams||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|
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