Following the announcement that Joni Pitkanen’s slow recovery from a shattered heel bone would keep him out for the year, Ron Hainsey has signed a one year, $2 million contract.

Hainsey was drafted in the first round, 13th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. A reliable defenseman, Hainsey has totaled 34 goals and 192 points in 591 career NHL games with Montreal, Columbus, Atlanta and Winnipeg during his ten year career.

Hainsey recorded 10 assists in 56 games for the Jets in 2011-12, and during the lockout shortened 2012-2013 campaign, Hainsey went a second full year without a goal, but still did manage to record 13 assists in 47 contests.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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