Christian Hanson (ice hockey)

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Christian Hanson
Christian Hanson AHL.jpg
Born (1986-03-10) March 10, 1986 (age 28)
Venetia, PA, USA
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 228 lb (103 kg; 16 st 4 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
St. Louis Blues
Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  United States
Playing career 2009–present

Christian David Hanson (born March 10, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey player in the St. Louis Blues organization in the NHL. Hanson played amateur 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.

Playing career[edit]

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. Those teams have produced many Junior A and College players, as well as some playing professional.

Hanson was signed a two-year, $1.575-million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 31, 2009, which included an annual $87,500 signing bonus.[1][2]

Hanson made his NHL debut on April 3, 2009 against the Philadelphia Flyers.[3] Four nights later, Hanson scored his first career NHL goal against Martin Brodeur in a 4–1 win over the New Jersey Devils.[4] 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.[5]

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

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.[6]

On July 9, 2012, Hanson signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Boston Bruins. The contract will pay Hanson $600,000 while in the NHL and $105,000 while playing with the Bruins’ AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins.[7] For the duration of the 2012–13 season with the Bruins, Hanson was assigned to Providence and contributed with 29 points in 67 games.

On August 20, 2013, Hanson agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.[8]

Family[edit]

His father is Dave Hanson, who also played professional hockey, but who is most notable for his role in the movie Slap Shot.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    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
NHL totals 42 3 6 9 22

International[edit]

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 honors[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA Second Team 2008-09

References[edit]

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