Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ron Hainsey
Ron Hainsey was born March 24, 1981 in Bolton, Connecticut. The 1st round, 13th overall selection of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Hainsey is a graduate of the United States Development Program and a graduate of Mass-Lowell University.

An offensively gifted defenseman, Hainsey spent two seasons at Mass-Lowell (1999-2001) before turning pro following his sophomore season. A member of the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 99-2000 and Hockey East First Team All-Star, NCAA East 2nd Team All-American in 2000-01 while leading all Hockey East defensemen in scoring, Hainsey joined the Quebec Citadelles following his 2000-01 season with Mass-Lowell.

A two-time member of the Unites States World Junior Team (2000-2001), Hainsey re-joined the Citadelles for the 2001-02 season and was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team. After the team relocated to Hamilton for the 2002-03 season, Hainsey's strong play allowed him to split the season between Hamilton and Montreal. Although he failed to register a point in 21 regular season games, Hainsey was instrumental in leading Hamilton to the Calder Cup final against the eventual champion Houston Aeros.

In 2003-04, Hainsey continued to hone his skills in Hamilton before being acquired by the Columbus Blue Jackets in November of 2005. Hainsey went on to compete in 55 games with the Blue Jackets in 2005-06 and he led the team in plus/minus rating with a plus 13. The following year he established new career highs in games (80), goals (9), assists (25) and points (34). After another offensive year in Columbus, Hainsey signed in the summer of 2008 with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Prior to the 2011-12 season, Hainsey and the rest of the Thrashers moved to Winnipeg to become the Winnipeg Jets.

After two seasons in Winnipeg, Hainsey signed a one year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on September 12, 2013. After spending three and a half seasons with the Hurricanes, the veteran defender was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 23, 2017 in exchange for Danny Kristo and a second round draft pick.

Hainsey would appear in 907 NHL regular season games before he finally got his first taste of post-season action. He made his playoff debut with the Penguins on April 12, 2017 and would appear in all 25 of Pittsburgh's post-season contests as the club marched to the fifth Stanley Cup title in franchise history.

On July 1, 2017, Hainsey's time in Pittsburgh would come to an end. As a free agent he signed a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1997-98 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program U-17 18 2 7 9 28
1997-98 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program USHL 3 0 0 0 0
1997-98 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program NAHL 40 4 7 11 16 5 0 1 1 0
1998-99 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program USHL 48 5 12 17 45
1998-99 United States WJ18-A 6 2 1 3 8
1999-00 U. of Massachusetts Lowell H-East 30 3 8 11 20
1999-00 United States WJC-A 7 1 1 2 4 +1
2000-01 U. of Massachusetts Lowell H-East 33 10 26 36 51
2000-01 United States WJC-A 7 0 5 5 2 +3
2000-01 Quebec Citadelles AHL 4 1 0 1 0 -3 1 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Quebec Citadelles AHL 63 7 24 31 26 +16 3 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 21 0 0 0 2 -1
2002-03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 33 2 11 13 26 -2 23 1 10 11 20
2003-04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 11 1 1 2 4 +3
2003-04 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 54 7 24 31 35 +14 10 0 5 5 6
2004-05 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 68 9 14 23 45 -3 4 1 1 2 0
2005-06 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 22 3 14 17 19 -10
2005-06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 55 2 15 17 43 +13
2006-07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 80 9 25 34 69 -19
2007-08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 78 8 24 32 25 -7
2008-09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 81 6 33 39 32 -16
2008-09 United States WC-A 9 2 4 6 2 +2
2009-10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 80 5 21 26 39 -6
2010-11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 3 16 19 24 +3
2011-12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 56 0 10 10 23 +9
2012-13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 47 0 13 13 10 -8
2013-14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 4 11 15 45 -9
2014-15 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 2 8 10 16 -14
2015-16 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 5 14 19 37 -13
2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 56 4 10 14 17 -16
2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 16 0 3 3 4 +8 25 2 6 8 6
NHL Totals 907 49 204 253 390 25 2 6 8 6


Hockey East First All-Star Team (2001) NCAA East Second All-American Team (2001) AHL All-Rookie Team (2002) Claimed on waivers by Columbus from Montreal, November 29, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, July 2, 2008. Transferred to Winnipeg after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 21, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, September 12, 2013. Traded to Pittsburgh by Carolina for Danny Kristo and Pittsburgh's 2nd round pick (later traded to Vegas - Vegas selected Jake Leschyshyn) in 2017 NHL Draft, February 23, 2017. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 1, 2017.
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