Providence Bruins

Jun 25, 2018


Josh Hennessy was no stranger to Providence Bruins fans when he signed a professional try-out agreement with the team at the start of training camp. The veteran forward played 69 games for the P-Bruins and three games for the Boston Bruins during the 2011-12 season, posting 41 points in the AHL while serving as an alternate captain. At the conclusion of that year he signed in Europe where he spent the next five seasons playing professionally. A New England native who makes his home in Rhode Island, Hennessy wanted another chance to prove himself in the AHL and no opportunity better suited him than a return to Providence.

With nothing guaranteed to him while on a PTO, Hennessy fought for and earned a place on the opening night roster as a fourth line center. Right away he served as a solid source of production for both the third and fourth lines, using his veteran smarts to make plays and help his teammates on the ice. He was in-and-out of the lineup during October, but once November hit he had established a firm role on the team.

Hennessy’s play never tailed off once getting a full-time role, and the organization rewarded him on February 15 by ripping up his PTO and signing him to a standard contract for the rest of the season. By that time, he had already moved up the depth chart as the team’s primary second-line center skating with Kenny Agostino and Peter Cehlarik. Naturally his production increased with his best stretch coming just after he signed his new contract. From February 17 to March 3, Hennessy scored four goals and seven points in seven games with a plus-four rating.

Hennessy reached a personal milestone on February 23 when he netted his 150th professional goal in a 5-3 P-Bruins win, but unfortunately that would be one of his last points of the year. An upper body injury kept him out all of April and for all four of the team’s Calder Cup Playoff games, prematurely ending his season. He finished with 10 goals and 17 points in 52 games with a plus-two rating.

Despite an early end to his year, Hennessy was a pleasant surprise for the 2017-18 P-Bruins. By midseason he was named an alternate captain for the team as he was a solid source of production, versatility and leadership. At 33 years of age, what the future holds for Hennessy is unclear. He certainly showed he can still produce at the AHL level, so if he wishes to continue his career he has plenty of options for 2018-19.

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The Providence Bruins are the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Boston Bruins, playing their home games at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI. Spanning more than 25 years, the Boston/Providence affiliation is one of the longest and most successful player development partnerships in professional hockey history.

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