The dynamic Jeff Hajner of Las Vegas was the captain of his junior team, the Melfort Mustangs in the Saskatchewan League and a captain with the Frank Serratore-coached Air Force Academy. Hajner set an Air Force record playing in 150 consecutive games. He was the first Las Vegas skater to score in a NCAA Tournament game.
Now 27, Hajner is living in Houston, Texas.
“I am working for an oil company in Houston,” Hajner wrote in a text. “There is a large Canadian presence here due to the oil industry. I play hockey once in a while but miss the frequency I played while living in Boston last year. There are a lot of former college guys playing in the competitive leagues but hockey in Texas isn’t quite the same.
“I loved watching Jason Zucker in the (NHL) playoffs this year. He is an amazing player. My folks are living in Richland, Washington and closing in on retirement. My brother is working in Australia on one of company jobs.”
Hajner said his best-game ever was an easy one to select.
Air Force, in March, 2009, took on #1-seed Michigan in a first-round NCAAA Tournament game at the Bridgeport Arena in Connecticut.
“That was my favorite game,” Hajner said. “We beat Michigan 2-0 in the NCAA game and I got the assist on the game-winning goal. I will never forget it.
Jeff Hajner, Las Vegas – Born July 2, 1985; 27 years old; 5’10, 193
- 2003-4 Melfort Mustangs 16 goals, 17 assists
- 2004-05 Melfort Mustangs 15 goals, 30 assists
- 2005-06 Melfort Mustangs 36 goals, 42 assists
- 2006-07 Air Force Academy 13 goals, 14 assists
- 2007-08 Air Force Academy 15 goals, 23 assists
- 2008-09 Air Force Academy 10 goals, 19 assists
- 2009-10 Air Force Academy 6 goals, 11 assists