Ron Hainsey

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Ron Hainsey
Ron Hainsey Hurricanes 2014.jpg
Hainsey with the Hurricanes in 2014
Born (1981-03-24) March 24, 1981 (age 36)
Bolton, Connecticut, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Montreal Canadiens
Columbus Blue Jackets
Atlanta Thrashers
Winnipeg Jets
Carolina Hurricanes
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team  United States
NHL Draft 13th overall, 2000
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2001–present

Ronald Martin Hainsey (born March 24, 1981) is an American professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Montreal Canadiens, Columbus Blue Jackets, Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets, Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Hainsey played professional hockey for nearly 16 years (907 games) before playing on a team that made the post-season; longer than any other player in league history and then won his first Stanley Cup in his first playoff appearance finishing second in ice time for the playoffs.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Hainsey was drafted in the first round, 13th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, from Hockey East Div. 1 collegiate team University of Massachusetts Lowell. He started his professional career with AHL teams, Quebec Citadelles and the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) and played in the Calder Cup finals vs Houston.

After spending three seasons in the Canadiens organization, Hainsey was claimed off of waivers on November 29, 2005, by the Columbus Blue Jackets,[2] where he established himself into a leading two-way defenseman.

Hainsey won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2017.

On July 2, 2008, the Atlanta Thrashers signed Hainsey to a five-year, $22.5 million contract.[3] He scored six goals to go along with 33 assists in his first season in Atlanta. He would go on to record 45 points in the next two seasons with the Thrashers. Upon their move to Winnipeg to start the 2011–12 NHL season, Hainsey recorded 10 assists in 56 games for the Jets in 2011–12.

Hainsey also played a role in the negotiations of the 2012–13 NHL lockout. After a day of marathon bargaining sessions on December 5, 2012, Hainsey emerged to tell the media that both sides planned to meet again the next day.[4]

On September 12, 2013, Hainsey signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes after the team announced defenseman Joni Pitkanen would miss the season due to injury. On June 24, 2014, Hainsey signed a three-year, $8.5 million contract extension with the Hurricanes.[5]

On February 23, 2017, Hainsey, in the final year of his contract, was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2017 second-round draft pick and Danny Kristo, a minor league forward.[6] Interestingly, it was the first time he had been traded in his lengthy career.[7] It was with the Penguins that, after 907 career NHL games and beating Olli Jokinen's previous playoff games drought record, Hainsey finally made his Stanley Cup playoffs debut against his former team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, on April 12, 2017.[1] On June 11, 2017, he won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[8]

Hainsey left the Penguins after his short but successful tenure as a free agent, signing to a two-year, $6 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1, 2017.[9] Hainsey was signed to replace departing defenceman Matt Hunwick, who coincidentally signed with the Penguins that same day.[9] Hainsey made his season debut playing alongside Morgan Rielly.

Personal life[edit]

Hainsey is from Bolton, Connecticut,[10] and learned how to skate at the Bolton Ice Palace. He is an avid golfer in the off season.

Hainsey and his wife, Hayley have three children; Alena, Jaxon and Melana. Hainsey met his wife in Hamilton, Ontario, when he was a member of the Hamilton Bulldogs.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Hainsey with Penguins in 2017.
Hainsey with Atlanta in 2009.

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 USNTDP USHL 3 0 0 0 0
1997–98 USNTDP NAHL 40 4 7 11 16 5 0 1 1 0
1998–99 USNTDP USHL 48 5 12 17 45
1999–00 U. of Mass-Lowell HE 30 3 8 11 20
2000–01 U. of Mass-Lowell HE 33 10 26 36 51
2000–01 Quebec Citadelles AHL 4 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Quebec Citadelles AHL 63 7 24 31 26 3 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 21 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 33 2 11 13 26 23 1 10 11 20
2003–04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 11 1 1 2 4
2003–04 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 54 7 24 31 35 10 0 5 5 6
2004–05 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 68 9 14 23 45 4 1 1 2 0
2005–06 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 22 3 14 17 19
2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 55 2 15 17 43
2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 80 9 25 34 69
2007–08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 78 8 24 32 25
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 81 6 33 39 32
2009–10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 80 5 21 26 39
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 3 16 19 24
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 56 0 10 10 23
2012–13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 47 0 13 13 10
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 4 11 15 45
2014–15 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 2 8 10 16
2015–16 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 5 14 19 37
2016–17 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 56 4 10 14 17
2016–17 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 16 0 3 3 4 25 2 6 8 6
NHL totals 907 49 204 253 390 25 2 6 8 6

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1999 United States WJC18 7th 6 2 1 3 8
2000 United States WJC 4th 7 1 1 2 4
2001 United States WJC 5th 7 0 5 5 2
2009 United States WC 4th 9 2 4 6 2
Junior totals 20 3 7 10 14
Senior totals 9 2 4 6 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
College
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2000
All-Hockey East First Team 2001
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 2001
AHL
All-Rookie Team 2002
NHL
Stanley Cup (Pittsburgh Penguins) 2017 [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Veteran Ron Hainsey is about to (finally) make his playoff debut". Sportsnet. April 11, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Blue Jackets place Foote on injured reserve, claim Hainsey". sportsbooks.com. 2005-11-29. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  3. ^ "Thrashers sign UFA defenseman Ron Hainsey". thrashers.nhl.com. 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Hainsey reveals negotiations to continue". ESPN. 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  5. ^ "Canes sign Ron Hainsey to three-year deal". Canes Country. June 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Penguins Acquire Defenseman Ron Hainsey". NHL.com (in en_US). Retrieved February 23, 2017. 
  7. ^ "10 Under-the-Radar Trade Targets for 2017 Deadline". The Hockey News (in en_CA). Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2017-06-11. Retrieved 2017-06-11. 
  9. ^ a b "Leafs add Ron Hainsey, Dom Moore to roster". Toronto Sun. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  10. ^ "Ron Hainsey Stats and News". NHL.com (in en_US). Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Ron Hainsey Stats and News". courant.com (in en_US). Retrieved November 8, 2017. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Eric Chouinard
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
2000
Succeeded by
Marcel Hossa