2008-09: Ben Hanowski completed his senior of high school in Little Falls, Minnesota with 73 goals and 62 assists in only 31 games. On top of becoming the highest scoring player in Minnesota high school history, Hanowski was also nominated for the prestigious Minnesota Mr. Hockey award. Hanowski was chosen in the third round, 63rd overall, of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
2009-10: Ben Hanowski made the move to college hockey, suiting up in 43 games with St. Cloud State, registering 9 goals and 10 assists as a freshman.
2010-11: Although an improvement over last season, Hanowski had a relatively disappointing sophomore season, producing 13 goals and 7 assists in 37 games. The only place he really excelled was playing on the man-advantage.
2011-12: Hanowski was the leading scorer for St. Cloud State as a junior. In 39 games he had a team-high 23 goals with 20 assists and was plus-two with 25 penalty minutes. Seven of his 23 goals were scored on the Huskies power play. Fighting to stay above .500 most of the season, the Huskies finished sixth in the WCHA and ended the season 17-17-5 after falling to North Dakota in the WCHA Final Five quarterfinal game.
2012-13: Hanowski joined the Flames following his senior season at St. Cloud State — scoring a goal in his first NHL game. The goal, in a 4-3 loss to Minnesota on April 15th, was his only point in five games and he finished the season with an even plus/minus; averaging 13:17 minutes of ice time. The Flames acquired Hanowski from Pitttsburgh in March 2013 as part of the Jarome Iginla trade and signed him to a two-year entry-level contract in April. Hanowski had a memorable senior season as the Huskies finished tied with Minnesota for first place during the regular season and were the only western team to reach the Frozen Four. Hanowski played in 37 of 42 games for St. Cloud, missing time in November with an upper body injury. He was second on the team with 17 goals and had 14 assists; finishing +1 with 18 penalty minutes.
Ben Hanowski is an offensively-minded, goal-scoring forward who brings a mix of size, skill, and character to the rink. The Minnesota native also possesses uncanny vision and does his best work when the puck is on his stick. A shooter by trade, Hanowski has also shown solid puck-distribution abilities and can create either off the cycle or on the rush.
Possessing solid size and supple hands, Hanowski needs to gain more explosiveness in his first step and learn to play a simpler, north-south type of game. He also must learn to become more creative in tighter spaces.
Hanowski joins the mix of talented forwards in the Flames’ system that will be contending for a roster position in the 2013-14 season. The Minnesota native will start off the season in Abbotsford, where he will help contribute to the new look Heat. In six games already for the Heat, Hanowski is one of top scorers with four goals and one assist. If Hanowski can continue with his offensive production, Calgary could consider the 23-year-old for a roster position should an opening become available.