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Ron Hainsey: Finding Success

Ron Hainsey discusses his road to the Winnipeg Jets

Sunday, 19.02.2012 / 11:00 AM / Feature
By Chris Kreviazuk
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Ron Hainsey: Finding Success
Winnipeg Jets defenceman Ron Hainsey discusses his road to the NHL
Bolton, CT: Born in Bolton - Earliest hockey memories

“We had one rink that sort of served about four or five towns. I played there until I was eight. My grandparents also had Hartford Whalers season tickets, so those are my earliest memories, playing House League in Bolton, and going to Whalers games.”

Springfield, MA: Springfield Pics - Increase in competition

“When I was eight I began playing for the Springfield Pics. We played in the Metro Boston Hockey League, which is where guys like Jeremy Roenick, Keith Tkachuk and Bill Guerin played in several years earlier. I played there from eight until 17. The Pics system went all the way up until junior, so I played until then.”

Ron HainseyAnn Arbor, MI: US Development Program

“The developmental program has changed over the years. When I played, the Under 17 team played in the North American Hockey League, and the Under 18 team played in the United States Hockey League, which is the stronger of the two. That situation provided a great mixture of playing league games, but also international tournaments throughout the season.”

Lowell, MA: UMASS-Lowell – College years

“There are not many 18 year olds playing college hockey. The average age was around 22, so it was a big challenge that first year. Also there isn’t as much ice time when you are 18. I finished with 11 points in the first year. I certainly felt more comfortable in my sophomore year. A year makes a big difference, and I finished with 36 points in my second and final season.”

Calgary, AB: 2000 NHL Entry Draft – Taken in round one by the Habs

“I had an idea that I would be selected by Montreal if I was still available at the 13th pick because I had done a lot of interviews with them. It was a very exciting time. I went back for one more year of school after that, and then turned pro the next year.”

Ron HainseyHamilton, ON: Hamilton Bulldogs – Turning Pro

“In my second year in Hamilton we went to the Calder Cup finals. I got hurt midseason, and came back just in time for that playoff run. We went to game seven of the finals, and as disappointing as the outcome was (losing to Houston), that was the one standout memory from my time in the AHL. Claude (Julien) was my coach for most of my time in Hamilton, and then with the Canadians, and he was a huge help for me.”

Manhattan, NY: Madison Square Garden – First NHL game

“It was a game against the Rangers, in New York. We won 3-1. It was toward the end of the Rangers’ run with all of those standout players, like Messier, Leetch, Lindros, Fleury and Richter. It was neat to get to play against that group of players. I remember I got scored on in the first period, and then was on for a goal for in the second. It was neat to play at Madison Square Gardens. I had a lot of people there, as I grew up two hours away. It was definitely a cool place to play my first game.”

Ottawa, ON: Corel Center – First NHL Goal

“That goal was kind of a tap-in. Joe Juneau set me up backdoor for an easy one at the end of a powerplay in Ottawa. That was the first game of the year the following season after I had made my NHL debut.”

Columbus, OH: Becoming a fulltime NHL player

“I don’t know if you ever really have that feeling that you’ve made it, or your job is safe. Those were some good years in Columbus. I was able to start playing full seasons and was happy to produce, and have a good amount of success.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 59 29 18 12 162 152 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 61 30 23 8 171 174 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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