Jeff Hassler #14
Hassler began playing rugby when he was 16 years-old while attending Holy Trinity Academy. He played both Canadian football and rugby and played for the Canada U17s while in school. He attended the University of Saskatchewan and was a star running back for the Huskies football team for two years, while also on the Huskies rugby team. Hassler turned down numerous opportunities to play in the CFL to pursue rugby. He was selected to Team World in 2010 for the International Federation of American Football in a game against the U.S. He represented Canada on their U20s team, where he made 8 appearances and scored 8 tries in 2010-2011.
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 27 caps, starting 24, including two in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and playing in all three matches in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. His final test was against South Africa on October 8 at Kobe, Japan.
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 took a year off and joined the Seattle Seawolves for the remainder of the 2019 season, as well as the 2020 season.
Jeff joined the Seawolves during the 2019 MLR season. He carried 27 times for 345 meters, had three line breaks, two tries, two offloads, and one tackle break. He also completed 25 tackles as a member of our back three over five games.
He played in both the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cups and helped the Seawolves win the Major League Rugby championship for two years in a row.