Thursday, May 28, 2009

Ex-Ranger Hauswirth signs pro deal with Caps

Former Marquette Rangers forward Jake Hauswirth has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals, forgoing his commitment to Michigan Tech in the process.

"I've been on Washington's radar since I participated in their development camp last summer," Hauswirth said to "The conversations really started to heat up last week and I was just so excited and relieved to sign the contract (Tuesday) morning."

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Hauswirth finished 21st in USHL scoring with 28 goals and 52 points with the Omaha Lancers and would have been a freshman at MTU this fall.

"That wasn't an easy phone call to make," Hauswirth added. "But Michigan Tech was extremely supportive and understanding of my decision and wished me only the best as my hockey career progresses."

Hauswirth, a 21-year-old Houghton native, started his junior career with the Rangers in 2006-2007. He was signed by the Capitals as an undrafted free agent.

Hauswirth will attend Washington's development camp from July 12-18 and will then be at the Capitals' main camp in late July. Hauswirth expects to play for Washington's AHL affiliate next season, the Hershey Bears.

Photo by Robert J. Meyer/USHL Images

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