Just one month after selecting the Chestermere, AB. product in the annual Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, Manitoba’s newest WHL team locked the 15-year-old goaltender into the system for the foreseeable future. Hauser was chosen by Winnipeg 120th overall on May 2nd in Red Deer, AB.
The 2004-born backstop spent the 2018-19 season in Calgary with the Edge School Bantam Prep team of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League. He played in 23 games for the prep squad, posting an even 3.00 goals against average and a .911 save percentage, while finishing with a record of 9-12-0. Hauser also collected two shutouts on the season.
Currently measuring in at 5-foot-9 and weighing 145 pounds, Hauser will look to add on some size in time for ICE training camp early this fall. Although drafted in 2019, Hauser will only be eligible to play for Winnipeg in the 2020-21 season. Playing out of Cranbrook, B.C. in 2018-19, the Kootenay ICE were cellar dwellers last season, finishing the year with a 13-45-10 record – second last in the entire league.
2019-20 will be a very different tale for the ICE, as the league’s most recent relocated team will play its home games out of the freshly renovated Wayne Fleming Arena on the University of Manitoba campus, while its new home at The Rink (57 South Landing Drive) continues in its heavy construction phase. The RINK Training Facility hosted its grand opening this past Saturday.