Alan Hangsleben

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Alan Hangsleben
Born (1953-07-30) July 30, 1953 (age 67)
Warroad, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for New England Whalers
Hartford Whalers
Washington Capitals
Los Angeles Kings
National team  United States
NHL Draft 56th overall, 1973
Montreal Canadiens
WHA Draft 51st overall, 1973
New England Whalers
Playing career 1973–1984

Alan William Hangsleben (born February 22, 1953) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman from Warroad, Minnesota. He played for the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association between 1974 and 1979, and then in the National Hockey League with the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, and Los Angeles Kings between 1979 and 1982. Internationally Hangsleben played for the American national team at three World Championships and the 1976 Canada Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Selected in 1973 by both the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League and the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association while still playing for the University of North Dakota men's ice hockey team, Hangsleben chose to sign a pro contract with the Whalers. Hangsleben made a total of 334 WHA game appearances for the Whalers in 1975–1979. The Canadiens, who still retained his NHL rights, left him exposed for the 1979 NHL Expansion Draft, and he was claimed by the Hartford Whalers when they were admitted into the NHL in 1979.

Hangsleben was traded to the Washington Capitals during the middle of the 1979–80 NHL season in exchange for Tom Rowe, and played for the Capitals until he was released early into the 1981–82 NHL season. Hangsleben would sign with the Los Angeles Kings and play for them for the rest of that season. He played two seasons in the American Hockey League before retiring in 1984.

International play[edit]

Hangsleben played for Team USA at the 1973,1974 and 1981 Ice Hockey World Championship tournaments. He was also a member of the U.S. team at the inaugural 1976 Canada Cup tournament.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1968–69 Warroad High School HS-MN
1969–70 Warroad High School HS-MN
1970–71 Warroad High School HS-MN
1971–72 University of North Dakota WCHA 36 13 21 34 49
1972–73 University of North Dakota WCHA 36 15 18 33 77
1973–74 University of North Dakota WCHA 34 9 16 25 56
1974–75 New England Whalers WHA 26 0 4 4 8 6 0 3 3 19
1974–75 Cape Codders NAHL 55 4 39 43 130
1975–76 New England Whalers WHA 78 2 23 25 62 13 2 3 5 20
1975–76 Cape Codders NAHL 1 0 0 0 9
1976–77 New England Whalers WHA 74 13 9 22 79 4 0 0 0 9
1977–78 New England Whalers WHA 79 11 18 29 140 14 1 4 5 37
1978–79 New England Whalers WHA 77 10 19 29 148 10 1 2 3 12
1979–80 Hartford Whalers NHL 37 3 15 18 69
1979–80 Washington Capitals NHL 37 10 7 17 45
1980–81 Washington Capitals NHL 76 5 19 24 198
1981–82 Washington Capitals NHL 17 1 1 2 19
1981–82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 18 2 6 8 65
1981–82 Hershey Bears AHL 6 1 2 3 26
1981–82 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 18 5 4 9 28 4 0 0 0 4
1982–83 Moncton Alpines AHL 71 10 16 26 127
1983–84 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 58 1 23 24 88
WHA totals 334 36 73 109 437 47 4 12 16 97
NHL totals 185 21 48 69 396

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1973 United States WC-B 7 2 4 6
1974 United States WC-B 7 2 3 5 10
1976 United States CC 5 1 1 2 12
1981 United States WC 8 1 3 4 2
Senior totals 27 6 11 17 24

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA First Team 1971–72 [1]
AHCA West All-American 1971–72 [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  2. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 11, 2013.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mike Usitalo
WCHA Freshman of the Year
1971–72
Succeeded by
Mike Zuke