BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – Brampton Beast defenseman and captain Jordan Henry has officially announced his retirement as a player.
“There has never been any Brampton Beast player in the team’s seven year history who more exemplified the character and leadership that we hope for from our team”, said Beast President and General Manager Cary Kaplan. “Jordan leaves as the Beast career leader in games played, and holds virtually all team records for defensemen. He has been the clubs Captain, and team MVP.”
“We wish Jordan and his wife Jessie all the best with their growing family, and their life post hockey and we thank him sincerely for a being a pillar of our team and a consistent fan favourite.”
The Milo, Alberta, native began is Beast career during the 2015-16 season and wrapped his final year with the club during the 2019-20 campaign. The blueliner ended the shortened season with seven goals and 11 points through 49 games. Henry also remains the only defenseman to wear the “C” for the Beast in their seven-year history.
“I had the pleasure to coach Jordan for four seasons in Brampton,” said current Belleville Senators Assistant Coach Colin Chaulk. “He was the ultimate team player, it didn't matter if he was playing the power play or defending the other teams top guys, he always put the team ahead of his personal goals. As a person, Jordan is the type of guy you want your daughter to bring home. He's honest, humble and respectful. I would expect nothing less from a proud western Canadian Boy!”
The bruising defender has also spent significant time playing high-level hockey over the course of his long and successful career. To date, he's accumulated 307 American Hockey League games split between the Rochester Americans, Abbotsford Heat, Chicago Wolves, Oklahoma City Barons, Syracuse Crunch and Charlotte Checkers. He has also spent time overseas with Dynamo Minsk, Sodertalje SK and HPK.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with "Hank" in his final season. He is a true professional, leader, and a consummate teammate,” said Spiros Anastas, current Head Coach of the Beast.
“When I joined the Beast a year ago, he was the first person I sat down with. He was critical in my transition and the team's transition to me as the Head Coach. It was only natural that he was named our Captain for the 2019-20 season. What impressed me the most was his keen desire to continue to improve. Despite his age and experience, he would spend numerous hours with us watching video and discovering ways to be better for his team. “
“I wish Jordan, Jessie and Jensen all the best life has to offer as they enter the next stage of their lives together and prepare to welcome the newest addition to their family!”
Henry is the epitome of what a Beast player should look like. He has distinguished himself and made a huge impact both on and off the ice. He will be missed by his fellow teammates, coaches, Beast staff and the fans.
On behalf of the organization, we want to express our sincerest thanks to Jordan and we wish him and his family the best in the next exciting stages of their lives!