#25 Christian Hanson
Four-time monogram winner for the Irish … served as one of the team[apos]s alternate captains during the 2008-09 season … selected second team all-CCHA for the year … played in 37 games as a senior with 16 goals, 15 assists for 31 points … had six power-play goals, one short-handed tally and a five game-winning goals … one of the CCHA[apos]s top face-off men … played in 140 career games at Notre Dame with 36 goals and 28 assists for 64 points … had seven power-play goals, two short-handed markers and seven career game winners while being +21 for his career … selected to the all-tournament team at the 2008 NCAA West Regional as his play helped the Irish advance to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four … joined the Irish after playing two seasons in the United States Hockey League (USHL) for the Tri-City Storm … won the USHL[apos]s 2005 Curt Hammer Award which is presented annually to the league[apos]s ‘most gentlemanly player who embodies what the USHL stands for on and off the ice’ … one of nine players all-time to play for the Irish from the Pittsburgh area … capped his career by signing a free agent contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 31, 2009 … scored first NHL goal in his second game (April 7) versus the New Jersey Devils.
AS A SENIOR: Played in 37 games for the Irish … was third in scoring with career highs in goals (16), assists (15), points (31), power-play goals (6) and game winners (5) … whistled for 14 penalties, resulting in 28 minutes … was +10 on the year and finished with 92 shots on goal … was 16th in the CCHA in overall scoring with 31 points … tied for the conference lead in game-winning goals with five … was a second team all-CCHA selection … recorded eight multiple-point games with three multiple-goal games … put together a four-game point streak (3g, 2a; Oct. 25-Nov. 7) … scored first goal of the year in a 3-2 loss to Miami … picked up the game winner the following week versus Northern Michigan (Oct. 31) to start Irish on 20-game unbeaten streak … added two assists in the second game of series against the Wildcats … closed streak with game winner in 4-1 win at Boston College … started a six-game point streak on Nov. 15 with two assists versus Lake Superior … turned in back-to-back three-point games (2g, 1a) versus Bowling Green (Nov. 21-22) … recorded one power-play goal in each game … had a career-best three-assist game versus Western Michigan (Nov. 28) … followed with goals versus Western Michigan (Nov. 29) and a goal and an assist at Ferris State (Dec. 5) … closed the first half of the season with three-goal weekend versus Bowling Green (Dec. 12-13) … fourth game winner came on Jan. 10 versus Alaska … suffered concussion in 4-3 overtime win at Ohio State on Feb. 6 and missed three games … returned to lineup on Feb. 20 with a goal and assist in win over Nebraska-Omaha … fifth game winner of the season came on Feb. 28 in 2-1 win in regular-season finale at Michigan State.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in all 47 games for the Irish, recording then career highs in goals (13), assists (9), points (22) and shots on goal … picked up 23 penalties for 57 minutes … added one short-handed goal and one game winner … turned in a +5 for the season … named to the all-tournament team at the NCAA West Regional with three goals and an assist in wins over New Hampshire and Michigan State … had five multiple-point games on the season and one, two-goal game … goal versus Lake Superior was short-handed while goal versus top-ranked Red Hawks staked Irish to a 1-0 lead in 2-1 upset win … had three-point weekend (2g, 1a) in sweep of Nebraska-Omaha … picked up a goal and an assist in 5-4 win on Nov. 30 and a goal in 5-0 shutout win (Dec. 1) … recorded back-to-back two-point games (1g, 1a) in 7-0 win at Princeton (Dec. 8) and in opening game of Lightning College Hockey Classic in a 4-3 loss to Massachusetts … scored the game winner in 2-1 win at Northern Michigan (Jan. 5) … helped Irish to 6-1 home win against Bowling Green with his eighth goal of the season on Jan. 25 … got hot in the postseason with four goals and one assist in nine games … scored lone Irish goal in 2-1 loss to Northern Michigan in CCHA third-place game … scored twice in the 7-3 win over New Hampshire in first NCAA Tournament game … had a goal and an assist in 3-1 victory over Michigan State that sent Notre Dame to the Frozen Four.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw action in 33 games for the Irish, scoring six goals with two assists for eight points … had one power-play goal and one game winner … recorded 12 penalties for 24 penalty minutes … took 58 shots on goal … was +8 for the season … missed eight games from Jan. 19 through Feb. 10 with mononucleosis … scored goals in three straight games from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3 … first goal of the year gave Irish a 2-0 lead versus Army in opening game of Lightning College Hockey Classic … gave Notre Dame a 1-0 lead at 3:21 of second period versus Air Force for eventual game-winning goal in 2-0 win over Air Force … was selected to the Lightning College Hockey Classic all-tournament team and was tournament most valuable player … continued goal streak with second goal of the game in 4-2 win at Ohio State on Nov. 3 … picked up first two-point game of career in 4-3 win over Northern Michigan on Dec. 30 at Ft. Wayne … had one assist in 4-2 home loss to Robert Morris … scored final goal of the season in CCHA semifinal game, an empty-net goal to lock up 3-0 win over Lake Superior State … had one goal in six postseason games.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 23 games with one goal and two asssists … recorded seven penalties for 14 minutes … had 20 shots on goal and was -2 on the season … scored first collegiate goal in 9-4 win over Bowling Green on Nov. 10 … had first assist of the year on Jan. 20 in 5-2 loss at Northern Michigan … had one point in two CCHA playoff games when he set up Dan VeNard[apos]s first-period goal in 3-1 loss to Alaska Fairbanks.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Peters Township High School in McMurray, Pa. … also attended Kearney High School in Kearney, Neb., while playing for the Tri-City Storm … helped lead Peters Township to 2002 Pennsylvania State title … played five years with the Pittsburgh Hornets before joining Tri-City …. played two seasons in Tri-City … served as an assistant captain in `04-[apos]05 and led the Storm in scoring with 19 goals and 33 assists for 52 points to tie for 16th in USHL scoring race … full name is Christian David Hanson … son of Dave and Suzanne Hanson … has two sisters … father, Dave, played 10 years of pro hockey, including stints with the Detroit Red Wings, the Minnesota North Stars and the WHA[apos]s Minnesota Fighting Saints … father is best known for his role in the movie, Slapshot, as one of the famed Hanson Brothers … born March 10, 1986, in Glens Falls, N.Y. … graduated from Notre Dame with a finance degree on May 17, 2009.
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