Matthew J. Hendricks (born June 17, 1981) is an American ice hockey forward who is currently playing with the Washington Capitals of the NHL.
Hendricks was drafted out of high school, 131st overall, in the fourth round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. He played his prep hockey at Blaine High School in Blaine, Minnesota. He was an integral piece of the Blaine Bengals 2000 Class AA State Championship team where they defeated the Duluth East Greyhounds 6–0 in the final. Hendricks accumulated 110 points in 43 games during his prep career and was named a finalist for the 2000 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award. The St. Paul Pioneer Press named Hendricks, along with teammates Brandon Bochenski and Matt Moore, to the second team of the All-State Boys hockey team.
Hendricks was drafted by the Lincoln Stars during the 2000 USHL Winter Draft, but instead began his collegiate career with St. Cloud State University of the WCHA. Hendricks commenced play for St. Cloud State as a true freshman during the 2000-01 season. In 2002–03, Hendricks led the Huskies in goals (18) as a junior.
Immediately after his senior year with the Huskies, Hendricks made his professional debut with...