Christian Hanson
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Christian Hanson

Hometown:

Venetia Pennsylvania

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1986-03-10

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2012

Weight:

228 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

Christian Hanson may be the son of Dave Hanson, who was one of the Hanson Brothers from the film “Slapshot,” but his game is quite different from what his now-legendary father’s game was during his playing days.

2004-05: Hanson enjoyed a stellar season with the Tri-City Storm that culminated with the USHL’s Curt Hammer Award, which is awarded to the player that best reflects the goals of the league and his team. Hanson led the Storm in scoring with 52 points (19 goals, 33 assists) in 60 appearances. He was also a member of Team USHL at the 2005 USHL Prospects/All-Star game.

2005-06: Hanson skated in 23 games for the University of Notre Dame as a freshman. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and had a -2 plus minus with 14 PMs.

2006-07: Hanson skated in 33 of 42 games for Notre Dame as a sophomore as the Fighting Irish won the CCHA regular season and playoff titles. He scored 6 goals with 2 assists and was +8 with 24 PMs in a lower line role. Notre Dame's hopes for a national championship ended with a loss to conference rival Michigan State in the Midwest Regional Final.

2007-08: Hanson skated in all 47 games for Notre Dame as a junior and finished the season with an offensive flourish; scoring two goals against New Hampshire and a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win over Michigan State as the Irish captured the NCAA West Regional. The Fighting Irish lost to Boston College in the Frozen Four Final game after defeating CCHA-rival Michigan, 5-4, in overtime in the semifinal. Hanson ended the season with 13 goals and 9 assists and was +5 with 57 PMs.

2008-09: Hanson made his pro debut with the Maple Leafs, appearing in five games with Toronto after signing a free agent contract in March 2009 following his senior season at Notre Dame. Hanson joined the Leafs after Notre Dame's surprising loss to Bemidji State in the NCAA tournament and scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -1 with 2 PMs. During the college season he was the third-leading scorer for a FIghting Irish team that won the CCHA regular season and playoff championships. Hanson scored 16 goals with 15 assists and was +11 with 28 PMs in 40 games. Hanson scored six times on the power play, tallied five game-winning goals and was named to the CCHA Second All-Star Team.

2009-10: Hanson split his first pro season between Toronto's AHL affiliate Marlies and the NHL club. Hanson scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was -2 with 16 PMs in 31 games with the Leafs; averaging just over 13 minutes of ice time. Hanson opened the season with the Marlies and was one of the team's leading scorers and named to the AHL All-Star Game. In 38 AHL games he scored 12 goals with 19 assists and 35 PMs. Hanson's +3 plus/minus was one of the third-best amongst Marlies regulars on a team that missed the playoffs. Hanson was re-signed to a one-year contract by the Maple Leafs in August 2010.

2010-11: Hanson's second season with the Toronto organization was disappointing; he saw action in just six games with the Leafs, with limited ice time, and played more of a two-way role for the AHL Marlies without the offensive production of the previous season. In three brief call-ups with the Leafs he averaged 8:26 of ice time and was scoreless with 4 PMs. In 58 games with the Marlies he scored 13 goals with 21 assists and was -4 with 51 PMs. The Marlies missed the playoffs despite a six-point improvement. Toronto did not offer Hanson a qualifying offer and he signed a one-year free agent contract with the Capitals in July 2011.

2011-12: Hanson skated in 52 games for Washington's AHL affiliate Hershey in his third pro season. He scored 10 goals with 11 assists and was plus-five with 42 penalty minutes. Not tendered a qualifying offer by the Capitals in June, he signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Bruins in July 2011.

 

Future

At best, a depth player in any organization.