Hensick Signs with Avs

T.J. Hensick, Michigan's leading scorer each of the past two seasons, signed a three-year entry level contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday afternoon. Hensick, a native of Howell, Mich., was Colorado's third-round pick of the 2005 NHL Draft. In his time at Michigan, Hensick finished eighth on the U-M all-time points list with 222 points.

DENVER, Colo. – T.J. Hensick, one of two senior alternate captains on the 2006-07 U-M ice hockey team, has signed a three-year entry level contract with Colorado of the National Hockey League the team announced Wednesday afternoon.

Hensick, the Avalanche's third-round pick in the 2005 draft, recently exhausted his college eligibility in Michigan's 8-5 regional semifinal loss to North Dakota at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Hensick recorded two goals and an assist in his final game as a Wolverine.

In four years at Michigan, Hensick tore through the Michigan record book. With 222 points, Hensick sits in eighth place on the all-time Michigan points list. His 147 assists were good enough for fourth best in the history of the Michigan hockey program.

Hensick was a Hobey Baker Award Finalist in two of his four seasons at Michigan (2004-05 and 2006-07) and was named to four All-CCHA teams. In both 2004-05 and 2006-07 he was named a first team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association.

As a senior, Hensick led the nation in scoring with 69 points on 23 goals and 43 assists. Hensick is the first player to score 40 points in each of his four seasons since Michigan's lone Hobey Baker Award winner, Brendan Morrison.

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