But the defender is not about to rest on his laurels as he prepares for another crack at the Irn-Bru First Division.
With boss Billy Reid again opting to place his faith in the best of Accies' youth prospects last year, Hendrie and his fellow Lanarkshire proteges were given the chance to shine in a competitive first-team environment.
It is an opportunity the left-back grabbed in impressive style, holding down a regular berth for his club and winning international recognition with the Scotland under- 20 squad.
Accies were tipped for an immediate return to the top flight last season only to finish the campaign in mid-table.
Yet Hendrie is confident there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic as he targets another year to remember under Reid's tutelage.
He said: "I started nearly 30 games and for someone of 17 that is a great achievement.
"I have been capped for Scotland at under-20 level as well so it has been a fantastic year for me.
"I never thought I would play as much as I have but it has given me a feeling of what it is like and I can't wait to get started next season.
"The gaffer has been great with me this season. He has a lot of belief in the younger players and he is not afraid to put them in the team.
"I am delighted that he has given me my chance and hopefully I can keep repaying him.
"It did prove a frustrating season for the team but we have a lot of young players and we are moving forward all the time. Hopefully we can keep improving.
"It is going to be difficult to challenge for the title next year but we will give it our best shot."