Des Moines Buccaneer forward Kenny Hausinger has committed to play his college hockey at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Hausinger’s 42 points lead the Buccaneers in scoring and are tied for 10th in the USHL. He is also second on the team in goals with 15 and leads Des Moines in both assists with 27 and power play points with 14. Hausinger, an Anchorage, Alaska native, is in his first season with the Buccaneers after playing a season with the Odessa Jackalopes in the NAHL.
“I’m very excited about everything, the opportunity and excited to go to Lowell,” Hausinger stated after the decision become final. “I thought in talking with the coaches I was comfortable with them and that I fit into their system well. I’m going to have a good opportunity going in there to help them out.”
Des Moines Assistant Coach Nate Weossner was not surprised by how highly sought after Hausinger had become. “Kenny’s played well for us all year long, he’s almost a point per game player, he is our leading scorer and a lot of teams have had their eye on him. He’s a really smart player that will be able to play in any system.”
Hausinger will join the Red Hawks in the fall and play alongside former Buccaneers Joe Gambardella and Ryan Dmowski. Massachussetts Lowell just finished their regular season play in Hockey East, finishing 4th of 12 teams, after splitting with #2 Boston College over the weekend. The River Hawks are currently ranked #11 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Men’s Hockey polls.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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