The Brampton Beast announced last week that defenceman and alternate captain Jordan Henry will be returning for a fifth season. The 33-year-old is coming off a great season in which he put up 36 points in 66 games, including 15 goals. Henry is a rugged, reliable veteran who provides leadership both on and off the ice. His importance to the Beast is impossible to measure and fans will be delighted to see him back in Brampton for another season.
Jordan Henry played his junior career in the WHL with Moose Jaw and Red Deer. He has then spent the vast majority of his professional career in either the AHL or ECHL, with stops in Russia, Sweden, and Finland along the way. Henry is a true veteran of the ECHL, playing in 329 games and putting up 175 points. His abilities as a two-way defenceman will make him a key member of Brampton’s blueline, as well as a fan favorite.
ABNT caught up with Jordan Henry to talk about his career and his return to Brampton.
How Does It Feel to Be Returning to Brampton for a Fifth Season?
“It feels great! I’m very excited about the core of players we have returning. The organization has treated me and my family great over the last four years and I look forward to continuing to be involved on and off the ice.”
For Readers New to the Brampton Beast, What Can They Expect from the Team This Season?
“We have made a lot of changes in the off-season including our entire coaching staff so I’m sure we will have some changes to our style of play and definitely our personnel. I think we will be a younger team than in previous years so hopefully, that will make us high energy and fun to watch.”
As a Veteran Player, Do You Enjoy Playing a Mentor Role for the Younger Players on the Team?
“Yes I definitely take my role as an older player seriously. I don’t try to force myself or my experiences on the younger players but I always try to be there when they need advice or encouragement. It’s not easy sometimes when you are a younger player turning pro so it helps to have the support of the older players and I try to provide that to make their experience an enjoyable one.”
How Was Your Experience Playing Hockey in Europe?
“I really enjoyed it! When I went to play in Russia I had never been to Europe before so it amazing to experience a new culture and new style of hockey. Sweden was so beautiful and the people were amazing there. Finland was also a great experience and the people treated me very well there.”
Who Are Your Biggest Influences as a Hockey Player?
“Obviously my parents first and foremost they put me in hockey when I was young and have sacrificed and supported me my entire career. I also had a number of great coaches in my younger years that helped shape me as a person and as a player.”
How Would It Feel to Bring the Kelly Cup to Brampton for the First Time?
“I think it would be amazing. Anytime you can win a championship is exciting but I think this would be extra special because I have been a part of this organization for a few years and have watched it grow so it would be amazing to help bring home the Kelly Cup.”
And Finally, Can You Get to 20 Goals This Season???
“I hope so! I’ve had two really solid seasons and been close both times! 20 goals would be a huge milestone for me and if I get off to a good start, I don’t see why it wouldn’t be possible to get there this season.”
Brampton Beast open their season on October 12th at home to Toledo Walleye. ABNT will be following the Beast throughout the season, bringing you regular updates on their progress as well as other articles on the team and from around the league.
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