"Hendy is a guy who can play any [forward] position and play in all situations. He brings a lot of energy and he's well liked by his teammates."
-- Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau on Matt Hendricks
If he reached the age of 30 and hadn't made it in the NHL, he was going to play in Europe. Many other players do it. In the right country, the pay and lifestyle are better than what they are in the American Hockey League. He had a family and kids to worry about.
He was 29. Originally drafted in the fifth round in 2000, he stayed in school and played four seasons at St. Cloud State in his native Minnesota. He made stops in the AHL in Milwaukee, Lowell, Rochester, Hershey, Providence and Lake Erie. There also was a stint in the ECHL with Florida during the NHL work stoppage in 2004-05.
All of that can get to be too much for a hockey player, even if he's chasing the dream.