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Christian David Hanson (born March 10, 1986) is a former American professional ice hockey player. He last played in the St. Louis Blues organization in the NHL. Hanson played college hockey for the University of Notre Dame. He was not selected in the NHL Entry Draft, but signed a contract as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs after his senior season.[1]

Christian Hanson
Christian Hanson AHL.jpg
Born (1986-03-10) March 10, 1986 (age 33)
Glens Falls, New York, U.S.
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 228 lb (103 kg; 16 st 4 lb)
Position Center
Shot Right
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2009–2016

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Playing careerEdit

He attended high school at Peters Township High School, where he was a member of their Pennsylvania State AA Hockey Championship teams. He played Midget "AAA" hockey for the Pittsburgh Hornets, where he was a teammate of Los Angeles Kings prospect Patrick Mullen.

Hanson was signed to a two-year, $1.575-million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 31, 2009, which included an annual $87,500 signing bonus.[2][3]

Hanson made his NHL debut on April 3, 2009 against the Philadelphia Flyers.[4] Four nights later, Hanson scored his first career NHL goal against Martin Brodeur in a 4–1 win over the New Jersey Devils.[5] This goal tied his father's career goal mark as well. On April 10, 2010, Hanson recorded his first short-handed goal and his first multi-goal game versus Montreal.

Hanson was selected to join the Team USA roster for the 2010 World Hockey Championship.[6][7]

Hanson played for Planet USA in the 2010 AHL All-Star Game in Portland, Maine.[8]

On 10 July 2011, the Washington Capitals signed Hanson as an unrestricted free agent, and he was assigned to play in the AHL with the Hershey Bears for the 2011–12 AHL season.[9]

On July 9, 2012, Hanson signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Boston Bruins. The contract paid Hanson $600,000 if he played in the NHL and $105,000 while playing with the Bruins' AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins.[10] Hanson spent the entire duration of the 2012–13 season with Providence and contributed 29 points in 67 games.

On August 20, 2013, Hanson agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.[11] He played with the Blues' AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, for the 2013–2014 season.

In a 2017 article for The Players' Tribune, Hanson said that he had retired from professional ice hockey and is working at Sutton Special Risk,[1] a Toronto-based insurance company for which he is Assistant Vice President, Sports.[12]

FamilyEdit

His father is Dave Hanson, who also played professional hockey and starred as one of the Hanson Brothers in the movie Slap Shot.[1]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Tri-City Storm USHL 58 11 8 19 35 9 2 1 3 4
2004–05 Tri-City Storm USHL 60 19 33 52 23 9 1 2 3 8
2005–06 University of Notre Dame CCHA 23 1 2 3 14
2006–07 University of Notre Dame CCHA 33 6 2 8 24
2007–08 University of Notre Dame CCHA 47 13 9 22 57
2008–09 University of Notre Dame CCHA 37 16 15 31 28
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 1 1 2 2
2009–10 Toronto Marlies AHL 38 12 19 31 35
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 31 2 5 7 16
2010–11 Toronto Marlies AHL 58 13 21 34 51
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6 0 0 0 4
2011–12 Hershey Bears AHL 52 10 11 21 42
2012–13 Providence Bruins AHL 67 12 17 29 53 12 1 2 3 8
2013–14 Chicago Wolves AHL 63 5 11 16 32 9 2 0 2 4
2014–15 Sun Valley Suns BDHL 4 7 1 8 0
2014–15 Stavanger Oilers GET 9 2 4 6 4 15 3 4 7 18
2015–16 Sun Valley Suns BDHL 2 1 1 2 4
NHL totals 42 3 6 9 22

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States WC 13th 6 0 1 1 2
Senior totals 6 0 1 1 2

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
All-CCHA Second Team 2008–09

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Hanson, Christian (March 2, 2017). "Life, Hockey and Everything in Between". The Players' Tribune. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  2. ^ Wharnsby, Tim (April 1, 2009). "Leafs expect offence, not pugnacity, from Hanson". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved April 2, 2009.
  3. ^ Dreger, Darren (March 31, 2009). "Leafs Maple Leafs sign Hanson to two-year entry level contract". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on March 9, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2009.
  4. ^ Hunter, Paul (April 3, 2009). "Gerber, Hanson in for Philly rematch". Toronto Star. Retrieved April 10, 2009.
  5. ^ "Hanson scores first NHL goal as Leafs pound Devils". The Sports Network. CP. April 8, 2009. Retrieved April 10, 2009.
  6. ^ "Leafs' Hanson to get a shot at worlds". Toronto Sun. March 1, 2010. Archived from the original on April 18, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  7. ^ "USA names 23-man roster". iihf.com. Colorado Springs, United States: International Ice Hockey Federation. April 30, 2010. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "2010 PLANETUSA AHL ALL-STARS ANNOUNCED". theahl.com. Springfield, Mass: AHL. December 30, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Carrera, Katie (July 10, 2011). "Washington Capitals sign forward Christian Hanson". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "Center Hanson signs with Bruins". National Hockey League. July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  11. ^ St. Louis Blues (August 20, 2013). "Blues sign Hanson". Twitter. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
  12. ^ "Contact Our Team". Sutton Sports Risk. Retrieved March 2, 2017.

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