Hainsey with the Toronto 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)|
Columbus Blue Jackets
Toronto Maple Leafs
|National team||United States|
13th overall, 2000|
Ronald Martin Hainsey (born March 24, 1981) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman. He played seventeen years in the NHL for the Montreal Canadiens, Columbus Blue Jackets, Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets, Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators, playing over 1,000 career NHL games.
Hainsey played in the NHL for nearly 16 years (907 games) before playing on a team that made the playoffs, longer than any other player in league history beating the previous record of 799 games held by Olli Jokinen. He then won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in his debut playoff appearance, finishing second in ice time for the playoffs in place of the injured Kris Letang.
Hainsey was drafted in the first round, 13th overall, by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, from the University of Massachusetts Lowell (1999-2001) of the Hockey East NCAA conference. He began his professional career with Montreal's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliates, the Quebec Citadelles and Hamilton Bulldogs, and played in the Calder Cup finals against the Houston Aeros.
Columbus Blue Jackets
After spending three seasons with the Canadiens organization, Hainsey was claimed off waivers on November 29, 2005, by the Columbus Blue Jackets, where he established himself as a leading two-way defenseman.
Atlanta Thrashers / Winnipeg Jets
On July 2, 2008, as a free agent, Hainsey signed a five-year, $22.5 million contract with the Atlanta Thrashers. He recorded 6 goals and 33 assists in his first season in Atlanta. He would go on to record 45 points in the next two seasons with the Thrashers. After their relocation to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to become the Winnipeg Jets to start the 2011–12 season, Hainsey recorded 10 assists in 56 games.
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 that a defenseman Joni Pitkänen would miss the season due to injury. On June 24, 2014, Hainsey signed a new three-year, $8.5 million contract 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 second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and Danny Kristo. It was the first time that he had been traded in his career. It was with the Penguins that on April 12, 2017, after 907 career NHL games and surpassing Olli Jokinen's previous playoff games drought "record", Hainsey made his Stanley Cup playoff debut, doing so against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Hainsey and the Penguins went on to win the Stanley Cup over the Nashville Predators in the Finals.
Toronto Maple Leafs
On July 1, 2017, Hainsey signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was signed to replace the departing Matt Hunwick, who coincidentally signed with the Penguins that same day. Hainsey made his season debut playing alongside Morgan Rielly.
Regular season and playoffs
|1996–97||New England Jr. Whalers||EJHL|
|1997–98||US NTDP U17||USDP||18||2||7||9||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||US NTDP Juniors||USHL||3||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||US NTDP U18||NAHL||40||4||7||11||16||5||0||1||1||0|
|1998–99||US NTDP Juniors||USHL||48||5||12||17||45||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–2000||University of Massachusetts Lowell||HE||30||3||8||11||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||University of Massachusetts 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 honors
|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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- "Canadian All-Stars 13, Planet USA All-Stars 11". American Hockey League. February 14, 2002. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
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