COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kenzie Hauswirth will continue her athletic and academic career as a member of the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team, head coach Nadine Muzerall announced today.
Hauswirth comes to the Buckeyes after playing in 17 games as a freshmen for Quinnipiac in 2019-20. During that season, the Bobcats played Ohio State during the regular season and Hauswirth said the Buckeyes’ style of play caught her eye.
“I was injured at the time and I remember thinking that I really liked how aggressive and hard they played,” said Hauswirth.
Fast forward one year, and Hauswirth is coming to Columbus and will be a member of the Buckeyes’ team for the 2021-22 season.
“I always liked Kenzie when I watched her play in high school and when we saw her name in the transfer portal we knew we wanted to pursue her,” said head coach Nadine Muzerall. “She plays the Buckeye style – fast, aggressive and tough. She’ll fit in very well with us.”
In 17 career games at Quinnipiac, Hauswirth recorded five goals and two assists for seven points. A Farmington, Minn. native, she attended Shattuck St Mary’s where she had 253 points in her career (109 goals, 144 assists). She credits her time there for much of her development.
“You’re around some of the best athletes and coaches and trainers in the world,” Hauswirth said of Shattick St Mary’s, which has produced noted NHL players such as Sidney Crosby. “Living there and having that experience, it’s so valuable. You get to see what greatness looks like every day.”
At Ohio State, Hauswirth will major in biology and would like to attend medical school following graduation. First, though, she has goals to achieve on the ice.
“I want to help contribute to a winning program and do whatever I can to make it better,” said Hauswirth. “I’m excited to get there and get started.”
Hauswirth will also see a familiar face when he arrives on campus: she is friends with current sophomore Buckeye Brooke Bink, who was a classmate of Hauswirth’s at Shattuck St. Mary’s.
“Brooke has a lot of capital in my book. She spoke very highly of Kenzie and how she’ll fit in with her new teammates,” said Muzerall. “The culture fit is just as important as the hockey fit and we’re thrilled Kenzie is going to be a Buckeye.”