|2012-13: Led the Washington Capitals - and ranked 25th in the NHL - in penalty minutes (73) in his third season with the club. Assessed 14 minor and seven major penalties... Won a career-high 56.8 percent of the face-offs he took (147 of 259), his third consecutive season with a face-off winning percentage greater than 50... Ranked third on the Capitals in hits (93), and second among club forwards in blocked shots (31)... Ranked third among Washington forwards in average shorthanded time on ice (1:44)... Topped his 78-game goal total from 2011-12 (5), and was just one point shy of his point total (9) in 30 fewer games… Appeared in all 48 of Washington’s regular-season games, and seven postseason contests.
CAREER NOTES: Tied for 18th in the League with a career-high 218 hits in 2011-12… Played a career-high 78 games in 2011-12… Tied for the NHL lead in shootout percentage among skaters taking at least three attempts (83.3) in 2011-12, converting five of six opportunities… Set a career high in average ice time (12:07) in 2011-12… Suited up in all 14 of Washington's 2012 playoff contests, scoring his first career goal in a Game Seven victory of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Boston (April 25), and recording his first assist in a win over the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals (April 30)... Led the Capitals in hits (61) and face-off efficiency (56 percent) during the 2012 postseason while averaging nearly four minutes more per game than the regular season (16:05 vs. 12:07)… Set career highs in points (25), assists (16) and penalty minutes (110), while tying a personal best in goals (9) in 2010-11... Led the 2010-11 Capitals in penalty minutes (110), ranked second in hits (169) and tied for third on the club in game-winning goals (3)… Tied for the team lead in shootout percentage (50) in 2010-11, converting two of his four attempts… Suited up for his 200th career NHL contest on March 8, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay… Set a career high in goals (9) and ranked fourth on the Colorado Avalanche in penalty minutes (74) during his rookie season in 2009-10… His first career shorthanded goal was also his first game-winning marker on Dec. 21, 2009 at Minnesota... Spent the majority of his first season in the Colorado organization with Lake Erie (AHL) in 2008-09, ranking third on the club in goals (14), points (29) and penalty minutes (71)... Made his NHL debut on March 10, 2009 vs. Atlanta, and picked up 11 penalty minutes - three minor penalties and one major penalty - in his third of four NHL contests on March 25, 2009 vs. Anaheim... One of just four AHLers to score at least 20 goals and post 120 penalty minutes in 2007-08... Tied for third on the 2007-08 Providence Bruins in goals (22), ranked fourth in points (52) and third in penalty minutes (121)... Helped the Hershey Bears reach the Calder Cup Finals during the 2006-07 season, ranking second on the team in playoff goals (8)… Spent his first full season at the AHL level with Rochester in 2005-06, playing on a team that included current NHLers Ryan Miller, Gregory Campbell, Derek Roy, Jason Pominville, Daniel Paille and Clarke MacArthur… Spent the majority of his first professional season with Florida (ECHL) in 2004-05, being named an American Conference starter for the 2005 ECHL All-Star Game… Played his first 15 AHL games with the Lowell Lock Monsters in 2004-05… Played his first pro game with the Milwaukee Admirals upon the completion of his collegiate career in 2003-04.
AMATEUR: Amassed 112 points (54g-58a) in 153 games at St. Cloud State (WCHA) from 2000-04, finishing his career 14th on the school’s all-time Division I scoring list… Served as team captain and was recipient of the Frank Brimsek Award as SCSU MVP during his senior season in 2003-04… Led St. Cloud in goals (18) during his junior season in 2002-03… Helped the Huskies win the 2001 WCHA playoff title as a freshman… Helped Blaine (Minn.) High School claim the 2000 Class AA State Championship, and was one of three finalists for the 2000 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award… An All-State selection in both 1999 and 2000 after amassing 110 points (46g-64a) in 43 games for the Bengals during his junior and senior seasons… Also played quarterback for the Blaine football team and catcher for the baseball team during high school.
BACKGROUND: On Twitter: @MattHendy26… Has two dogs: Kentucky, a Jack Russell/Cairn Terrier mix, and Lloyd a Great Dane/Black Lab mix… Favorites include The Godfather (movie), Tom Hanks (actor), AC/DC (band), Frank’s Red Hot (condiment) and Adam Graves/Dino Ciccarelli (players to watch)… In 20 years, he sees himself “watching my twins graduate from college, being a successful hockey coach, and fishing like it’s my job”… Thing he misses most about his hometown is working on the sod farm… Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake is his guilty pleasure… He and his wife Kim have twins: Gunnar (son) and Lennon (daughter).
TRANSACTIONS: July 5, 2013 – Signed as a free agent by Nashville… Sept. 27, 2010 – Signed as a free agent by Washington… June 24, 2008 – Acquired by Colorado from Boston for Johnny Boychuk… July 9, 2007 – Signed as a free agent by Boston… June 25, 2000 – Nashville's fifth choice, 131st overall (fifth round), in the 2000 Entry Draft.