9th-Round NHL Draft Pick (N.Y. Islanders, '99)
Third-year forward who combines with classmate David Inman, sophomore Connor Dunlop and freshman Aaron Gill to form talented group of center candidates ... selected in 1999 National Hockey League draft by the New York Islanders-a team which he grew up around as the son of longtime Islander player and coach Lorne Henning (who currently is the associate head coach with the Islanders) ... one of four current Irish players whose fathers played in the NHL, with the others including Dunlop, junior newcomer Jon Maruk and freshman Neil Komadoski ... considered one of the top faceoff men on the Irish roster ... very intelligent player who sees the ice well, understands the game and has solid all-around skills ... centered third Irish line for most of '98-'99 before moving to second line for final three weeks ... filled similar third-line role in 1999-2000 ... known for solid contributions on both ends of the ice ... an effective skater with quick bursts of speed ... he and goaltender Jeremiah Kimento were spring of 1998 signees and joined '97 fall signees Sam Cornelius and Inman to complete small but talented class (those four have been joined by Maruk, who played his first two Division I seasons at Alaska Anchorage) ... joined Inman as freshmen in filling center spots vacated by 1998 graduates Steve Noble and Lyle Andrusiak (both were converted wings) ... has benefitted from playing with talented and diverse group of Irish wingers, including three NHL draft picks in 1999 graduates Brian Urick and Aniket Dhadphale and 2000 graduate Joe Dusbabek ... also gained valuable experience and insight from two years of playing with center Ben Simon, who graduated in 2000 as Notre Dame's second-leading scorer since rejoining the CCHA in 1992 (with 129 career points) ... has an enhanced hockey sense and feel for the game, after growing up in strong hockey environment ... one of 18 players from the 1997-98 USA developmental team who signed with Division I schools, with five joining schools in the CCHA: Michigan State's Adam Hall, JonInsana, Andrew Hutchinson and Joe Goodenow and Lake Superior's Will Magnuson ... three other of his former USA teammates currently are sophomores in the CCHA: Michigan State's John Liles and Troy Ferguson and Michigan's Andy Hilbert ... could face former USA teammate Willie Levesque when the Irish play Northeastern this season ... currently resides in Huntington, N.Y., one of several family homes during recent years as his father's career in the NHL took them to various cities ... had unique opportunity as a youth to skate with NHL players on his father's teams ... joins freshman defenseman Tom Galvin (Miller Place) as New York natives on 2000-01 Irish roster ... became 14th New York native to letter with the Notre Dame hockey program ... noteworthy New Yorkers who have played for the Irish hockey program include East Amherst product and All-America defenseman Jack Brownschidle ('73-'77, 31G-78A in 109 career games) and his brother Jeff ('77-'81, defenseman, 30G-92A in 122 games), center Dave Bankoske (Williamsville, '88-'93; 73G-109A in 141 career games), two-year team captain and defenseman Kevin Patrick (Schenectady, '88-'92, 11G-16A in 37 games) ... several noteworthy Irish players have worn No. 11, include high-scoring winger Ian Williams ('70-'74, 92G-119A in 211 career games), center Geoff Collier ('74-'78, 31G-61A in 133 games), winger Jeff Logan ('78-'82, 75G-71A in 147 games) and high-scoring defenseman Bob Thebeau ('82-'86, 40G-63A in 103 games)
CAREER NOTES: His 18 career points versus CCHA teams include two goals and four assists versus Alaska Fairbanks and two goals versus Miami ... heads into junior season with 74 career games played, seven goals, 13 assists, 105 shots, 23 penalties (one every 3.2 games) for 46 minutes and a -12 plus-minus rating.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Appeared in 36 of 42 games as primarily third-line center ... totaled three goals (two power-play), seven assists (one on the power play), 56 shots, eight penalties for 16 minutes and a -12 plus-minus ratio ... assisted on two game-winning goals ... averaged nearly five games per penalty ... formed productive early-season line alongside junior right wing Ryan Dolder and senior left wing Andy Jurkowski ... filled in on the second power-play unit during final three weeks of season (when Inman was out due to illness) ... missed Princeton series and the Denver Cup while competing at the World Junior Championship with Team USA ... also missed Western Michigan series in mid-January, due to injury ... assisted on Ryan Dolder goal in opening loss to Michigan (5-3) ... capped scoring in 4-0 win over Union at IceBreaker Tournament (in Denver), with a power-play goal from the slot ... forged 1-1 tie in eventual 2-2 tie with Miami, lifting home a backhanded shot ... had an assist in three consecutive games versus Nebraska Omaha (3-5) and Alaska Fairbanks (1-0, 3-2) ... worked puck to Jurkowski to set up only goal in first win over UAF ... helped Irish rally from 2-0 deficit the next night, tipping Evan Nielsen's power-play shot in for a 2-2 game before returning the favor with a pass that set up Nielsen's late game-winner from the right circle ... picked up an assist two games later in 5-1 win over Vermont (at the University of New Hampshire), setting up Sean Seyferth's goal from the slot ... failed to register a point in next 15 games before assisting in 7-4 win over Nebraska Omaha, after working a give-and-go that led to Michael Chin's goal and a 2-1 Irish lead ... ended six-game point drought in series-clinching win over Ferris State in CCHA playoffs (4-3), as his rebounded shot was knocked home by Jay Kopischke for early 2-0 Irish lead.
AS A FRESHMAN: Skated as third-line center for most of season before moving to second line for final three weeks ... took majority of faceoffs down the stretch, especially in crucial situations ... finished with 10 points (4G-6A) ... joined Inman, Chad Chipchase and Andy Jurkowski as only Irish skaters to play all 38 games ... posted an 8.2 shooting percentage (49 shots), 15 penalties for 30 minutes, one power-play goal and a -4 plus-minus (+4 in CCHA games) ... named CCHA Rookie of the Week after two-game, midseason series with Alaska-Fairbanks, when he totaled one goal and two assists for his only point streak of the season ... met the challenge of playing as first-line center in first win over UAF (6-2), after Simon was forced to sit due to a delayed CCHA suspension (he had a season-high six shots in that game) ... most of his 10 points came against Alaska Fairbanks (1G-2A) and Western Michigan (3A) ... recorded his first Notre Dame goal and point to help clinch 5-3 win at Ferris State ... assisted on two goals in 9-5 win over Western Michigan ... notched a power-play goal in 6-1 win over Alaska-Fairbanks ... scored the game-tying goal (2-2) with just over two minutes remaining in regulation of late-season overtime loss at Miami (3-2).
WITH USA HOCKEY: One of eight current Irish players who are products of the USA Hockey National Development Program (NDP), with the others including four sophomores and three freshmen ... joined Irish teammates Inman and Dunlop as members of the USA team that competed in the 1999-2000 World Junior Championship 0... spent 1997-98 as member of inaugural USA under-18 team, which trained at The Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, Mich., while breaking into two squads for a 150-game schedule ... played in '97-'98 with USA "Red Team," ranking third on that squad with 38 points (13 goals) in 56 games before earning a spot as one of 16 forwards on the USA playoff roster ... ranked seventh among the USA program's 28 total forwards with 44 overall points (13 goals) in 71 games ... made solid all-around strides in the areas of strength and skating due to the year-long regimen ... his regular linemates with Team USA included Michigan States's Hall and right wing Doug Meyer (who plays at Minnesota).
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School, while training with USA program ... spent two seasons with Cambridge (Ont.) Winterhawks of Midwestern Junior League ... father Lorne enjoyed nine-year playing career with the New York Islanders ('72-'73 - '80-'81) and 14 seasons as an assistant and head coach in the NHL ... an original member of the Islanders, the elder Henning compiled 73 goals and 111 assists as a forward over his 543-game career and played a major role in a four-year Stanley Cup dynasty ('80-'83) ... Henning served as an assistant with the Islanders from '80-84 and '87-'94, as head coach for both the Minnesota North Stars ('85-'87) and the Islanders ('94-'95), and as a Chicago Blackhawks assistant from '95-'98 before returning to the Islanders in '98-'99 ... born May 7, 1980, in Huntington, N.Y. ... son of Lorne and Cathye Henning ...full name is Brett Edward Henning ... a finance major in the Mendoza College of Business.
Career vs. CCHA
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