LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings announced that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with former Jackson and Reading goaltender Adam Hauser and that they have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with former Columbus (Ohio) defenseman Marty Wilford.
The Reading Royals are the ECHL affiliate for Los Angeles of the NHL and Manchester of the American Hockey League.
In 2004-05 with Manchester, the 25-year-old Hauser was 19-11-0 with five shutouts and ranked third in the AHL with a goals-against average of 1.93 and ranked fourth in save percentage with .933. He also played in two playoff games for the Monarchs registering no record with a goals-against average of 1.71 and a save percentage of .905.
In 2004-05 with Norfolk of the AHL, the 28-year-old Wilford had 37 points (7g-30a) and 80 penalty minutes in 78 regular season games and had four assists and 15 penalty minutes in six playoff games.
Drafted in the third round (81st overall) by Edmonton in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Hauser began his professional career with Jackson in the ECHL after completing a four-year career at the University of Minnesota. In his first professional season in 2002-03, Hauser went 20-9-4 and finished tied for the ECHL lead with five shutouts. He ranked third in the league with a goals against average of 2.46 and sixth in the league with a save percentage of .916. He was twice named ECHL Goalie of the Week and was selected to the Southern Conference roster for the 2003 ECHL All-Star Game.
Drafted in the sixth round (149th overall) by Chicago in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-1 and 215-pound Wilford had 35 points (8g-27a) and 123 penalty minutes in 46 games with Columbus in his rookie season in 1997-98. He also played in the International Hockey League with Indianapolis, registering four assists and 16 penalty minutes.
In 2003-04, Hauser was 20-15-7 with a team record 1.94 goals-against average and a team record seven shutouts. In four postseason games, Hauser was 2-2 with two shutouts, a goals against average of 1.89 and a save percentage of .913. He began 2003-04 with Reading, going 3-0-1 with a shutout, a goals against average of 1.71 and a save percentage of .930 in four games with Reading. Hauser was named ECHL Goalie of the Week after opening the season 2-0-0 with a shutout, a goals against average of 0.50 and a save percentage of .979.
A four-year standout at the University of Minnesota, Hauser helped the Golden Gophers win the 2002 NCAA Championship and was named to the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team. At the time of his graduation, Hauser held the career records for wins, saves, shutouts and games.