Christian Hanson Comes to Boston

By Emma Harger

The Boston Bruins appear to be quite good at bringing in the sons of well-known hockey players–see also Chris Bourque–and now they’ve signed another player with a famous last name, Christian Hanson.

Hanson’s last name may ring a bell with hockey fans because of his father Dave, one-third of the famous Hanson trio as portrayed in the movie Slap Shot. But, much like how the more recent hockey movie Goon was based on the playing career of a real person, the Hansons are a case of art imitating life. Dave also played for the NHL and WHA back in the 1970s, including time in Birmingham, Minnesota and Detroit. He was a defenseman, but his son decided to become a forward and plays center instead.

The younger Hanson was undrafted after four years spent playing at the University of Notre Dame, so he signed on with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2009. During 2009-10, he had a pretty good year, spending 31 games with the Leafs (the rest with the Toronto Marlies), going to the AHL All-Star Game and representing America in the 2010 World Championship. He also notched his first NHL fight in a preseason game against the Ottawa Senators:

Like father, like son!

In the most recent season, he was part of the Washington Capitals system, playing for the Hershey Bears. There, he put up 21 points and 42 penalty minutes in 52 games. He was also teammates with Bourque while on the Bears, so now they may be reunited in Providence too. (Hanson could challenge for a spot with the Boston squad, but it is likely that he will start out with Providence.) The P-Bruins are in need of some good, hard-working talent, after all–they haven’t made the playoffs since 2009 and haven’t won the Calder Cup since 1999.

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