Josh Hennessy is not content to just hang out in Cleveland. The center from Rockland, Mass. is striving to join former Barons teammate Steve Bernier in San Jose – and he’s proving himself worthy.
Currently, Hennessy leads the team in points with 54 (21 goals, 33 assists) in 68 games. With his 20th goal notched in the March 4 game against the Hamilton Bulldogs, Hennessy joined two other rookies, Steve Bernier and Mike Iggulden, who have tallied 20 goals this season. The Barons are the first AHL team in five years to boast three rookies with 20 goals in a season. As of March 12, Hennessy is just one goal away from the franchise record of 22 season goals, set by Jon DiSalvatore during the 2003-04 season. His consistent play has been recognized; Hennessy leads the team with eight Rubbermaid Player of the Game awards.
The 21-year-old Hennessy was selected in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He continued to play for the Quebec league for two years, where he scored three goals and assisted three times in a single game. The strong forward was named CHL Player of the Month after scoring 12 goals and six assists in nine games. During that time he also tallied an impressive three hat tricks in three games.
Hennessy made his Barons debut against Rochester on October 8, 2005 and scored his first AHL goal just two weeks later. That goal also happened to be the Barons first shoot-out game-winning goal. During the month of February, Hennessy had at least one point in every game played. He also set the new rookie single season scoring mark with his 50th and 51st points of the season during those games. He has made appearances on the ice in all 68 games played this season.
For now, the rookie will continue to excel in Cleveland, leading by example. With the move to Worcester, the team will get a fresh start with a new venue and a new crowd, and hopefully Hennessy will continue is dominance on the ice.