The Seattle Seawolves have added Jeff Hassler for the remainder of the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old wing/center is 5’10” and 205 lbs.
The Okotoks, Alberta nativeattendedHoly Trinity Academy and began playing rugby when he was 16 years old. He played both Canadian football and rugby and played for the Canada Under-17s while in school.
He attended the University of Saskatchewan and played two years of football for the Huskies. He was selected to Team World in 2010 for the International Federation of American Football in a game against the U.S. He also played rugby at the University and represented Canada on their Under-20s team, where he made 8 appearances in 2010-2011 and scored 8 tries.
In the 2011-2012 and the 2012-2013 HSBC World Sevens Series, he represented Canada on the National Sevens team, making 15 appearances. He also played for the Senior Men’s XVs, earning 21 caps, with 18 starts, including two in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Jeff played his amateur rugby for the Foothills Lions and for James Bay Athletic Association. He also played representative rugby for the prairie Wolfpack in 2011-2012. He played professionally for the Ospreys for five years from 2013-2018, making 74 appearances and scoring 25 tries. Following a trial with the Harlequins in 2018, he has taken a year off and recently joined the Seattle Seawolves for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Seattle Seawolves Comments
“Hassler’s physical running style matches the Seawolves attack and his consistent tackle-ability will ensure another strong member of the infamous Seawall.”
“From speaking to a number of people within the Seawolves program, players and management both, it is clear that everyone involved is highly dedicated and passionate about the team,” said Hassler. “I am looking forward to being a part of such an exciting program, playing alongside and against many good friends, and being a part of Major League Rugby itself.”