Michigan forwards T.J. Hensick and Jeff Tambellini have been selected as 2004-05 CCM West All-Americans, the American Hockey Coaches Association announced Thursday. Hensick was named to the West first team, while Tambellini was named to the West second team.
A sophomore forward, Hensick had a tremendous season to become U-M's first Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist since 2000-01. Hensick set career highs in goals (23), points (55), game-winning goals (2) and plus/minus (+19) this season. Over 39 games played, he recorded multiple points in 18 contests. He had an impressive career-best point streak of 10 games that spanned December and January during which he tallied an 8-7-15 line. When Hensick scored a goal the Wolverines were a perfect 18-0-0 on the year. Hensick was the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's scoring champion while earning All-CCHA first team honors.
A junior forward and assistant captain, Tambellini led U-M with 24 goals and career highs of 33 assists, 57 points and a +30 plus/minus rating. Additionally, he had a career-best nine power-play goals. Tambellini played in each of U-M's 42 games, recording multi-point efforts on 19 occasions. This season he also received recognition on the NCAA Midwest Regional all-tournament team, All-CCHA Tournament team (MVP) and the All-CCHA first team.
Hensick is Michigan's first West first team All-American since 2002 when Mike Cammalleri and Mike Komisarek were both first teamers. In 2004, Al Montoya was a West second team All-America honoree. A Wolverine has earned All-America recognition in 12 out of the last 15 seasons. A total of 57 Michigan players have received All-America honors 78 times in Michigan's 83-year history.