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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Sopel (5) clears the puck against Colorado Avalanche center T.J. Hensick during the first period at the Pepsi Center in Denver on December 12, 2008. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)
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Timothy James Hensick (born December 10, 1985 in Howell, Michigan) is an American professional ice hockey center currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League.

Hensick was drafted 88th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. Hensick previously played amateur hockey with the Honeybaked Hockey Program and the United States National Development Program. He spent four years (2003–07) at University of Michigan playing collegiate ice hockey. Hensick had a league leading 69 points and 46 assists in the 2006–07 season, but surprisingly was not among the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award he was however named in the NCAA All-American Team. Hensick scored 222 points in his collegiate career with the Wolverines. It proved to be the most by any player in the Decade as Hensick was later honoured, named in the First All-Decade Team.

After his senior year with the Wolverines, Hensick was signed by the Avalanche to a three-year entry level contract on April 11, 2007. T.J. made his professional debut in the 2007–08 season with the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL, the Avalanche's affiliate team. Hensick was called up to the Avalanche on November 29, 2007, and made his NHL debut in a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on November 30, 2007. Hensick, in his second game, scored his first NHL goal against the Los Angeles Kings in a 5-2 win on December 1, 2007. He was named as Lake Erie's only contribution to the 2008 AHL All-Star Game, playing for PlanetUSA, Hensick led the team with 2 goals and 2 assists in a 9-8 shoot-out loss to the Canadian All-Stars.

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