Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Hanson
Defenceman Dave Hanson was a rugged journeyman who played 33 NHL games in the late 70s. He played a physical style in his own end but was also adept at making crisp outlet passes to his teammates.

Born in Cumberland, Wisconsin, Hanson played his amateur hockey with the USHL's St. Paul Vulcans. As a rookie pro with the NAHL's Johnstown Jets in 1974-75, Hanson made his presence felt with 34 points and 249 penalty minutes. He remained a regular in the minors and played briefly with the WHA's Minnesota Fighting Saints and New England Whalers in 1976-77 before making his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings in 1978-79. Although he played ten games with Detroit, Hanson spent the majority of the 1978-79 season in the WHA, with the Birmingham Bulls. After getting a taste of the NHL with Detroit, Hanson also played a few games with the Minnesota North Stars in 1979-80 before returning to the minors until his retirement in 1984.

During his playing career in the 1970's, Hanson starred as "Jack Hanson" in the classic hockey movie "Slapshot".


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 St. Paul Vulcans MWJHL 56 9 13 22 220
1974-75 Johnstown Jets NAPro 72 10 24 34 249
1975-76 Johnstown Jets NAPro 66 8 21 29 311 9 0 3 3 54
1976-77 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 7 0 2 2 35
1976-77 Hampton Gulls SHL 28 5 7 12 188
1976-77 Johnstown Jets NAPro 6 0 3 3 27
1976-77 New England Whalers WHA 1 0 0 0 9 1 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Rhode Island Reds AHL 27 2 10 12 98
1977-78 Kansas City Red Wings CHL 15 0 0 0 41
1977-78 Hampton Gulls AHL 5 0 3 3 8
1977-78 Birmingham Bulls WHA 42 7 16 23 241 5 0 1 1 48
1978-79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 11 0 0 0 26 -1
1978-79 Birmingham Bulls WHA 53 6 22 28 212
1979-80 Birmingham Bulls CHL 33 4 6 10 174
1979-80 Minnesota North Stars NHL 22 1 1 2 39 -5
1979-80 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 6 0 0 0 12
1980-81 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 77 11 21 32 267 18 1 4 5 30
1981-82 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 75 11 23 34 206 5 1 3 4 23
1982-83 Indianapolis Checkers CHL 80 18 21 39 285 5 1 3 4 2
1983-84 Indianapolis Checkers CHL 1 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 68 11 26 37 120 9 1 3 4 33
NHL Totals 33 1 1 2 65


Selected by Minnesota (WHA) in 1974 WHA Amateur Draft, June, 1974. Signed as a free agent by New England (WHA) after Minnesota (WHA) franchise folded, March, 1977. Signed as a free agent by Birmingham (WHA), September, 1977. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, October 4, 1977. Loaned to Birmingham (WHA) by Detroit with the loan of Steve Durbano and future considerations for Vaclav Nedomansky and Tim Sheehy, November 18, 1977. Traded to Birmingham (WHA) by Detroit for cash, December, 1978. Traded to Minnesota by Detroit for future considerations, January 3, 1980. Claimed on waivers by Detroit from Minnesota, June 8, 1980. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, September 9, 1982.
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