SAN JOSE, CA (WKZO) – Former Bronco defenseman Matt Tennyson will fulfill a childhood dream tonight as he makes his NHL debut for the San Jose Sharks. San Jose (17-11-6) hosts the Vancouver Canucks at 7:30 pm local time.
A Minneapolis, MN native, Tennyson was raised in Pleasanton, CA where he rooted for the Sharks growing up. He skated through his junior season for Western Michigan, playing in 112 career games, tallying 49 points on 20 goals and 29 assists. In his final year in a Bronco uniform, Tennyson led all defensemen in points (24), goals (11) and assists (13). He earned Second Team All-CCHA honors, and was a finalist for the CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman for the 2011-12 season.
Tennyson was signed by the Worcester Sharks of the AHL on March 29, 2012 as a free agent. In 60 games this season, he has posted 27 points on five goals and 22 assists. Tennyson currently leads the team’s defensemen in goals, points and assists. His 22 assists is good for third amongst all Worcester skaters.
Aside from realizing a lifelong dream, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound defenseman will also be making history for the organization, becoming the first players developed by the San Jose Jr. Sharks program to play in San Jose for the NHL Sharks.
Tennyson joins a growing list of recent Broncos to move on to other teams including Dane Walters who signed with Worcester on Friday. Danny DeKeyser inked a 2-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings, and Mike Leone signed with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL.