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Timothy James Hensick (born December 10, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey center. He is currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played for the San Jose Barracuda in the American Hockey League (AHL). Hensick was drafted 88th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.

T. J. Hensick
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Born (1985-12-10) December 10, 1985 (age 33)
Howell, Michigan, USA
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Colorado Avalanche
St. Louis Blues
Modo Hockey
NHL Draft 88th overall, 2005
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2007–present

Playing careerEdit

As a youth, Hensick played in the 1999 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Detroit Honeybaked minor ice hockey team.[1] He later played with 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.[2] 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 honored, named in the First All-Decade Team.[3]

After his senior year with the Wolverines, Hensick was signed by the Avalanche to a three-year entry level contract on April 11, 2007.[4] 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,[5] and made his NHL debut in a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on November 30, 2007.[6] Hensick, in his second game, scored his first NHL goal against the Los Angeles Kings in a 5-2 win on December 1, 2007.[7] 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.[8]

Hensick made the Avalanche opening roster to start the 2009–10 season.[9] Reduced to a reserve forward, T.J. played in only 7 games before he was placed on waivers on November 25, 2009.[10] 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.[11] T.J. was also selected to the 2010 AHL All-Star Game, replacing injured teammate Darren Haydar, as the lone Lake Erie representative.[12]

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.[13] On July 14, 2010, Hensick agreed to a contract with the Blues signing a one-year two way contract.[14] After attending the Blues training camp for the 2010–11 season, he was reassigned to AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen, during the preseason.[15] 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.[16] At the conclusion of the season, he participated in 13 games for the Blues, scoring 1 goal.[citation needed]

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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19] Hensick continued where he left off in the AHL, producing offensively with 34 points in 42 games, as the Wolf Pack missed the playoffs.[citation needed]

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.[20]

After two seasons without an NHL offer, on July 1, 2015, Hensick was signed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.[21] Following the Hurricanes training camp, Hensick was familiarly assigned to the AHL to add his veteran presence to affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers. During the 2015–16 season with the Checkers, Hensick appeared in 46 games with the scoring at a lower pace then his career average in the AHL before he was loaned to the Utica Comets, affiliate to the Vancouver Canucks, in an exchange for Blair Jones on March 7, 2016.[22] Hensick continued to produce offensively in his stint with the Comets, posting 15 points in 19 games.[citation needed]

On July 2, 2016, as a free agent Hensick was signed to a one-year AHL contract with the Los Angeles Kings affiliate, the Ontario Reign.[23]

Hensick played two seasons with the Reign, before leaving as a free agent following the 2017–18 season. Desipte maintaining his scoring touch, Hensick was unable to secure an NHL or AHL contract, opting to continue his career by signing a one-year ECHL contract with the Toledo Walleye on October 8, 2018.[24] In the midst of the 2018–19 season, Hensick tallied a league high 58 points through 47 games with the Walleye, before he returned to the AHL in securing a contract with the San Jose Barracuda on February 12, 2019.[25]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

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
2014–15 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 75 19 41 60 10
2015–16 Charlotte Checkers AHL 46 7 18 25 8
2015–16 Utica Comets AHL 19 2 13 15 4 4 1 1 2 0
2016–17 Ontario Reign AHL 67 16 36 52 18 5 2 3 5 0
2017–18 Ontario Reign AHL 60 11 34 45 12 4 1 0 1 0
2018–19 Toledo Walleye ECHL 47 17 41 58 10
2018–19 San Jose Barracuda AHL 23 6 14 20 0 4 1 2 3 0
NHL totals 112 12 26 38 18 2 0 1 1 0

InternationalEdit

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 honorsEdit

Award Year
College
CCHA Rookie of the Year 2004
All-CCHA Rookie Team 2004 [26]
All-CCHA First Team 2004, 2005, 2007
CCHA Scoring Leader 2005, 2007
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2005, 2007 [2]
All-CCHA Second Team 2006
NCAA Scoring Leader 2007
CCHA All-Tournament Team 2007 [27]
AHL
All-Star Game 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
Second All-Star Team 2012 [28]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "CCHA places seven players on RBK West All-American Team". CCHA.com. April 6, 2007. Retrieved March 18, 2009.[dead link]
  3. ^ "CHN All-Decade Team". College Hockey News. January 10, 2010. Retrieved April 11, 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Avalanche signs Hensick, Macias". avalanche.nhl.com. March 18, 2009. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Avalanche recalls T.J. Hensick". avalanche.nhl.com. March 18, 2009. Archived from the original on June 23, 2008. Retrieved March 18, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Sharks 3, Avalanche 2". cbssports.com. November 30, 2007. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. Retrieved 2009-03-18. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Smyth's 2 third-period goals lead Avalanche to 5-2 win over Kings". yahoo.sports.com. December 1, 2007. Retrieved March 18, 2009.
  8. ^ "Lake Erie's T.J. Hensick shines in AHL All-Star classic". bleacherreport.com. January 29, 2008. Retrieved March 18, 2009.
  9. ^ "NHL announces opening rosters". NHL. October 1, 2009. Retrieved April 11, 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ "Hensick placed on waivers". Denver Post. November 26, 2009. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  11. ^ "Lake Erie Monsters' T.J. Hensick named AHL player of month". The Plain Dealer. January 2, 2010. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  12. ^ "Hensick providing a jolt to Lake Erie". AHL. January 26, 2010. Retrieved April 11, 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  13. ^ "Blues trade prospect Talbot to Avalanche for Hensick". TSN. June 17, 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  14. ^ "Blues signs Reaves, All-Star center Hensick for Rivermen". PJStar.com. July 14, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  15. ^ "Hensick assigned to Peoria". St. Louis Blues. September 28, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  16. ^ "Red Wings topple Blues". Yahoo! Sports. November 17, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
  17. ^ "T.J. Hensick ready for Modo Hockey" (in Swedish). Modo Hockey. June 13, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  18. ^ "Modo's dream acquisition goes home". hockeysverige.se (in Swedish). January 8, 2014. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  19. ^ "Wolf Pack add forward T.J. Hensick". Hartford Wolf Pack. January 11, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  20. ^ "Bulldogs sign T.J. Hensick to a one-year contract". Hamilton Bulldogs. July 3, 2014. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  21. ^ "Hurricanes sign forward T.J. Hensick". Carolina Hurricanes. July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  22. ^ "Charlotte, Utica seal three-player deal". American Hockey League. March 7, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  23. ^ "T.J. Hensick signs with Ontario". American Hockey League. July 20, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  24. ^ "Former NHL forward Hensick joins Walleye". Toledo Walleye. October 8, 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  25. ^ "Barracuda ink Hensick". American Hockey League. February 12, 2019. Retrieved February 12, 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  26. ^ "Hensick, Hunwick selected for CCHA All-Rookie Team". Michigan Wolverines. March 4, 2004. Retrieved December 27, 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  27. ^ "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  28. ^ "Bishop and Hensick named AHL Second team All-Stars". Peoria Rivermen. April 5, 2012. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jeff Tambellini
CCHA Rookie of the Year
2003–04
Succeeded by
Bill Thomas
Preceded by
Ryan Potulny
NCAA Ice Hockey Scoring Champion
2006–07
Succeeded by
Nathan Gerbe