When the Edmonton Oilers traded for Matt Hendricks in January, they expected a physical piece to come help their team. They may not have expected the tough forward to come in and take the locker room under his wing.
As we’ve written before, Hendricks has provided a physical presence on the ice while providing leadership and accountability off the ice.
“He’s a great teammate,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “He’s everything you want in your dressing room. He’s not afraid to speak the truth to your face and even if you don’t like the truth, you’re going to dinner with him that night. He’s just a standup guy, he’s a great human being and a great mentor. I think that’s so important to have mentors that not only can play and make a difference on the ice, but to bring your group along and it’s what we need right now in where we’re at with our development.”