July 9, 2012

Put on the foil: Bruins sign Hanson to one-year deal

By Jesse Connolly

The Bruins made their first splash in the 2012 free-agent frenzy on Monday, signing forward Christian Hanson to a one-year, two-way contract.

The 26-ear-old forward will earn $600,000 at the NHL level. He'll be paid $105,000 in Providence.

A 6-foot-4, 228-pound pivot, Hanson spent the entirety of the 2011-12 season with the Washington Capitals' AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears. He finished the year with 21 points in 52 games, missing a good chunk of time in the second half due to a wrist injury.

Undrafted out of Notre Dame, Hanson joined the Leafs in 2009 as a free agent. He skated in 42 NHL games for Toronto, posting 3-6-9 totals and 22 penalty minutes.

In 148 career AHL games for the Marlies and Bears, Hanson has scored 35 goals and added 51 assists. He was selected to the 2010 AHL All-Star Game. 

Hanson's father, Dave, played in 33 NHL games for the Red Wings and North Stars, and spent many a season racking up penalty minutes in various other pro leagues. However, he's most famous for playing Jack Hanson in the movie "Slap Shot" back in 1977. 

Check out Dave in action below (No. 16): 

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.