The Omaha Lancers Jake Hauswirth has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“I’ve been on Washington’s radar since I participated in their development camp last summer,” Hauswirth said. “The conversations really started to heat up last week and I was just so excited and relieved to sign the contract this morning.”
Hauswirth, a 6’5″, 210 pound forward, spent each of the last two seasons in Omaha amassing 41 goals and 75 points in 115 regular season games. The Houghton, Michigan native finished 4th among all Lancers last season in points (52) and was tied for the team lead in goals with 28. As a USHL rookie, Hauswirth helped lead Omaha to both the Anderson Cup and Clark Cup Championships in 2007-08 registering 13 goals and 23 points.
“Playing for the Lancers organization was the best thing that’s happened with my hockey career,” Hauswirth said. “It was a huge help for my progression as a player because it helped me prepare for the next level.”
Hauswirth had previously committed to play at Michigan Technological University during the 2009-2010 season but admits plans can change.
“That wasn’t an easy phone call to make,” Hauswirth said. “But Michigan Tech was extremely supportive and understanding of my decision and wished me only the best as my hockey career progresses.”
Hauswirth will attend Washington’s development camp from July 12-18 and will then be at the Capital’s main camp in late July. Hauswirth expects to play for Washington’s AHL affiliate next season, the Hershey Bears.