Norfolk, Va. — Norfolk Admirals Professional Hockey Club, proud affiliates of the Carolina Hurricanes and Chicago Wolves, announced on Tuesday afternoon that forward Kenny Hausinger has signed a contract with the club for the 2022-23 season.
Hausinger, who will turn 27 years old on July 21, becomes the third Admiral and the second forward to sign with the club for the upcoming season.
The Anchorage, AK native was acquired by the Admirals on June 13 from the Reading Royals. The deal completed the future considerations piece of the trade that originally took place on December 21, 2021, when the Admirals traded forward Anthony Gagnon to Reading.
Hausinger played his first season as a professional in 2021-22 with the Royals. During the regular season, Hausinger played in 57 games and was seventh on the team in points with 40 (12g, 28a). He was also a vital member of the Royals' playoff run with seven points (3g, 4a), which was the fifth-best on the team.
"I'm really excited to add Kenny Hausinger to the lineup," said Admirals General Manager and Head Coach Rod Taylor. "Kenny's a hard-working forward that puts in the work in the defensive zone. He’s not afraid of driving hard to the net where I see him being successful."
Before turning pro, Hausinger was a four-year standout at UMass-Lowell University (NCAA). In each of his four seasons with the River Hawks, he posted at least 18 points. He captured a conference title in his freshman season. Most notably, he registered 22 points in his junior season (13g, 9a). The River Hawks were 10-3 when Hausinger scored a point that season. To put a capstone on his collegiate career, he was an assistant captain and posted 19 points in his senior season (7g, 12a).
Before joining the River Hawks, Hausinger played for Des Moines and Madison in the USHL and Odessa in the NAHL. He was named to the NAHL All-Rookie First Team, All-South Division Rookie Team, and All-South Division Team with Odessa in 2014-15.
The Hausinger bloodline has three boys that are currently in the ECHL. The youngest of that group is Cam, who currently plays for the Wheeling Nailers. The middle-aged brother is Christian, who completed his 2021-22 season with the Admirals, playing in 25 games and posting 21 points (4g, 17a).
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Norfolk Admirals Professional Hockey is a member of the ECHL, the premier Double-A hockey league, and brings affordable, family entertainment to Hampton Roads and play its home games at Scope Arena in Norfolk, striving to contribute to Norfolk’s rich regional impact of entertainment, culture, and the arts. The Admirals are affiliated with the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Carolina Hurricanes and American Hockey League’s (AHL) Chicago Wolves. The Admirals have won three Kelly Cups (1991, 1992, 1998). The club transitioned to the AHL in 2000 and won the Calder Cup in 2012 while capturing 28 consecutive wins—still the record for the longest active streak in AHL history. The team rejoined the ECHL in 2015. Blake Cullen founded the Hampton Roads Admirals in 1989. Visit www.norfolkadmirals.com for more information.
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