Michael Henrich
Michael henrich 1 cropped.jpg
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
209 lb (95 kg)
Serie A Team
F. Teams
HC Asiago
Hamilton Bulldogs
Hershey Bears
Toronto Roadrunners
Füchse Duisburg
Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams
Born (1980-03-04)March 4, 1980,
Thornhill, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 13th overall, 1998
Edmonton Oilers
Pro Career 2000 – present

Michael Henrich (born March 4, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Henrich is currently a member of HC Asiago of the Serie A in Italy. 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. He has yet to make his NHL debut. Henrich holds the distinction of being the first Jewish player to be selected in the first round of the NHL draft.[1]

Henrich's younger brother is Adam Henrich, who is also a professional hockey player.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Henrich, who is Jewish,[2] was born in Thornhill, Ontario. He is married, and has a daughter, Sadie.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Junior[edit | edit source]

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 1996–97 he competed for Team Ontario at the World Under-17 hockey tournament in Red Deer, Alberta, in which team Ontario won the gold medal.

In 1997 he was selected to the Ontario Hockey league all-star team, was voted MVP for team Orr at the CHL 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. He was also selected to the Canadian World Junior selection camp in 1998 and 1999.

In 1999–2000 and his final season in Junior as a 20-year old, he was an assistant captain of the Ontario Hockey League Champions Barrie Colts, and was fourth in team scoring and led his team in playoff scoring finishing 2nd in league playoff points. His team competed in the 2000 Memorial Cup in Halifax in which they lost in the final game.

1998 NHL draft and North American hockey[edit | edit source]

Prior the the 1998 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, New York, Henrich was rated high by the NHL's Central Scouting Service who ranked him 5th 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.[3][4]

Henrich was ultimately selected 13th overall by the Edmonton Oilers. As of the 2011 NHL season he has yet to play a regular season game in the NHL, and is the only player taken in the first round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft who has not done so. 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 Henrich has been called a bust,[5][6][7][8][9][10] 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.[11]

His professional career in North America lasted four seasons in which he played a total of 9 pre-season/exhibition games for the Oilers scoring 1 goal and 1 assist. He also played 219 games in the minors 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.

International[edit | edit source]

In 2002 Henrich represented Team Canada at the Deutschland Cup in Hannover, Germany, in which his team won gold medal. In 2003 he was selected to represent Team Canada again at the Sweden Hockey Games in Stockholm, Sweden, where Canada placed third.

In 2002, Henrich played 12 games in the Swedish Elite League for Mora IK. After a full season in the AHL, Henrich spent 2004 during the 2004–05 NHL lockout with second tier Austrian National League team EK Zell am See. His team finished first place in regular season, won the championship and he led the team in playoff scoring. In 2005 he played for the Füchse Duisburg of the DEL, otherwise known as the German Elite League. In 2006 he continued to play in Germany playing for Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams and helping them win the league championship by finishing in the top three in playoff scoring. After one more season with Wolfsburg in the DEL, Henrich signed with Lega Italiana Hockey Ghiaccio club HC Asiago.

Asiago won the 2009/2010 Serie A championship, with Henrich leading the way, topping the team in scoring. Henrich was named player of the month in October, finished 6th in regular season league scoring and 3rd in playoff scoring. He signed a two-year contract extension with Asiago in 2010, and along with his brother Adam again helped Asiago win the Serie A championship, finishing 3rd in team scoring during the regular season, and adding 19 points in 17 games during the playoffs.

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

    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 Wolfsburg EHC 2.GBun 48 16 20 36 0 10 8 4 12 6
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

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "A special brotherly connection: Henrichs on short list of Jewish players in pro hockey", Timesleader.com, March 15, 2009. Retrieved on November 15, 2011. 
  2. (September/October 2011, accessed September 15, 2011) "Professional Hockey Review: 2010–11; European Hockey League". Jewish Sports Review 8 (87): 8–9. Retrieved on September 15, 2011. 
  3. 1998 NHL Scouting Service Rankings. Sportsillustrated.cnn.com (June 23, 1998). Retrieved on November 15, 2011.
  4. "Top 10 prospects for the 1998 NHL Draft", Usatoday.com. Retrieved on November 15, 2011. 
  5. "EDMONTON OILERS: 2008-09 TOP 12 PROSPECTS", Tsn.ca. Retrieved on November 15, 2011. 
  6. NHL Draft 2011: Who's Next? the Biggest First Round Busts from 1975-2000. Bleacherreport.com (June 21, 2011). Retrieved on November 15, 2011.
  7. Zona, Derek (November 7, 2009). Scouting Europeans From a Beach in Mexico. Coppernblue.com. Retrieved on November 15, 2011.
  8. Lightning Top 20 prospects. Hockeysfuture.com. Retrieved on November 15, 2011.
  9. 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Hockeydb.com. Retrieved on November 15, 2011.
  10. Jes Golbez %BloggerTitle%. "A Look Back at the 1998 Entry Draft", Aolnews.com, June 16, 2008. Retrieved on November 15, 2011. 
  11. Hits and misses at the Draft by Northwest Division teams. Nhl.com (June 21, 2011). Retrieved on November 15, 2011.

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Preceded by
Michel Riesen
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Jani Rita
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