MONTREAL – When Alex Henry
hit the ice last Tuesday against the Marlies, the rugged defenseman was making history.
Henry didn’t even have to wait until the final buzzer to cement his name in the record books, either. In suiting up for his 347th
game for Hamilton, the 31-year-old passed Duncan Milroy for the most games ever played by a Bulldog. The 2-1 shootout victory was just the icing on the cake on the captain’s big day.
Add to the veteran blue-liner’s total a career 177 games in the NHL, with the Oilers – who drafted Henry in 1998, the Capitals, the Wild and the Canadiens.
While Henry’s daily contributions rarely find their way onto the scoresheet, his 616 career penalty minutes speak volumes for the rugged defenseman. The 6-foot-5 bruiser is more than just an enforcer on the ice – he’s also a leader and a mentor to the pups in the Bulldogs’ dressing room. During his stint in the AHL last year, P.K. Subban
learned the ropes and got his feet wet at the pro level alongside Henry.
As willing to lend a helping hand to his teammates off the ice, Henry is just as willing to use his fists to stand up for them on it. Since 2008-09, the heavyweight has dropped the gloves an astounding 30 times in the AHL.
Called up to the big club in 2008-09, Henry didn’t take long to make his presence felt, squaring off against Boston’s Shawn Thornton before doing the same against the Penguins’ Eric Godard two nights later.
Despite his lengthy tenure, the Elliot Lake, ON native has no intention of hanging up the skates any time soon. The Bulldogs are looking for another run at the Calder Cup, and Henry plans to be there to lead the way when they do. Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis.SEE ALSOA lack of brotherly love Philadelphia freedom Leading the charge