FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - The Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced today that sophomore forward T.J. Hensick of Michigan has been named the RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Month for December.
Hensick, a 19-year old native of Howell, Mich., fired five goals and added three assists to help the Wolverines to a 4-0-0 record in December games he participated in prior to joining Team USA for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Hockey Championship tournament. The 2004 CCHA Rookie of the Year, who is rated as the second-best college player available for the NHL Entry Draft in the Central Scouting Service Preliminary Ranking, leads the Wolverines in scoring with 11-13-24 in 17 games.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound center is third in CCHA scoring for overall games while his 10-9-19 chart in a dozen contests is tied for second in scoring in conference-only games. He has produced points in 14 of the 17 games he has skated in for Michigan this season, including seven multi-point efforts.
Hensick started the month with a two-goal, three-point performance, including the game-winning marker on Dec. 4, in a home-and-home series sweep of Notre Dame. He also scored the winning goal the next time out, to celebrate his 19th birthday on Dec. 10, and produced three goals and five points to earn CCHA Player of the Week honors, as the Wolverines swept Bowling Green in another home-and-home set.
Special mention for RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Month honors goes to Ohio State junior goalie Dave Caruso, Miami senior forward Todd Grant, Ferris State senior forward Jeff Legue, Northern Michigan sophomore forward Darin Olver, Michigan State senior forward Jim Slater and Western Michigan junior forward Brent Walton.
2004-05 RBC Financial Group Players of the Month
December - T.J. Hensick, SO, F, Michigan
November - Colton Fretter, JR, F, Michigan State
October - Matt Christie, SO, F, Miami