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, playing over 1,000 career NHL games.
Hainsey with the Maple Leafs in 2017
March 24, 1981|
Bolton, Connecticut, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs|
Columbus Blue Jackets
|National team||United States|
13th overall, 2000|
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. He then won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in his debut playoff appearance, finishing second in ice time for the playoffs.
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, where he established himself as a leading two-way defenseman.
On July 2, 2008, the Atlanta Thrashers signed Hainsey to a five-year, $22.5 million contract. 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.
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.
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. It was the first time he had been traded in his lengthy career. 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. The Penguins went on to win the Stanley Cup that post-season.
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. Hainsey was signed to replace departing defenceman Matt Hunwick, who coincidentally signed with the Penguins that same day. Hainsey made his season debut playing alongside Morgan Rielly.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1999–00||U. of Mass-Lowell||HE||30||3||8||11||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||U. of Mass-Lowell||HE||33||10||26||36||51||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||80||4||19||23||20||7||0||1||1||4|
|2018–19||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||81||5||18||23||21||7||0||1||1||2|
Awards and honorsEdit
|All-Hockey East Rookie Team||2000|
|All-Hockey East First Team||2001|
|AHCA East Second-Team All-American||2001|
|Stanley Cup (Pittsburgh Penguins)||2017|||
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- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
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- "Thrashers sign UFA defenseman Ron Hainsey". thrashers.nhl.com. July 2, 2008. Archived from the original on August 19, 2008. Retrieved November 23, 2008.
- "Hainsey reveals negotiations to continue". ESPN. December 5, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
- "Canes sign Ron Hainsey to three-year deal". Canes Country. June 24, 2014.
- "Penguins Acquire Defenseman Ron Hainsey". NHL.com. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
- "10 Under-the-Radar Trade Targets for 2017 Deadline". The Hockey News. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
- "Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. June 11, 2017. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
- "Leafs add Ron Hainsey, Dom Moore to roster". Toronto Sun. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
- Davidson, Neil. "Leafs defenceman Ron Hainsey joins select group, marks his 1,000th NHL game". CTV News. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
- "Ron Hainsey Stats and News". NHL.com. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
- "Jeff Jacobs: After Long Road From Bolton To Stanley Cup, Hainsey Brings It Home". courant.com. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
- "Canadian All-Stars 13, Planet USA All-Stars 11". American Hockey League. February 14, 2002. Retrieved February 1, 2019.