Bruins sign son of Hanson brother from 'Slap Shot'


Bruins sign son of Hanson brother from 'Slap Shot'

The Bruins have signed a veteran forward to help their front line depth, but its not a name anybody might have been expecting.

The Bruins now have some good size and grittiness depth and will boast all the Slap Shot stories they can entertain during training camp as theyve signed former University of Notre Dame forward Christian Hanson. Hanson was inked to a one-year, two-way deal and is also famously known as the son of Dave Hanson, one of the famous bespectacled Hanson Brothers from the cult hockey film Slap Shot".

Hanson spent last season in the Washington Capitals organization with the Hershey Bears, but had his best season came two years ago with the Toronto Marlies and Maple Leafs as a big bottom-six forward. Hanson had 34 points and 51 penalty minutes for the Marlies while getting into six games for the Leafs.

Hes got ideal size for a third or fourth line role and will be a valued performer in the AHL, but doesnt have top end skating ability and isnt considered a pro hockey fighter despite his lineage with the bloodthirsty Hanson Brothers characters from the movies.

Hanson isnt expected to make the Bruins out of training camp unless injuries hit the hockey club, but the big club wouldnt be afraid to call on him in a pinch.

The 6-foot-4, 228-pound center put up 10 goals and 21 points along with 42 penalty minutes in 52 games for Hershey. In total, Hanson has played in 42 NHL games with three goals, nine points and 22 penalty minutes after a career at Notre Dame that saw him make the Second Team NCAA All-Star team in 2009. The big pivot was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Leafs following his collegiate career.

Hansons contract will be for 600,000 at the NHL level and 105,000 at the AHL level for the Providence Bruins.

Bergeron 'feeling good' in return, plays role of third period hero

Bergeron 'feeling good' in return, plays role of third period hero

BOSTON – It certainly feels appropriate that Patrice Bergeron would author a clutch game-winning goal late in the third period of his first game back after missing a week of games with a lower body injury. That Bergeron’s game-winner also arrived in the home opener at TD Garden was an added bonus once No. 37 hammered a shot from the high slot with 1:15 to go in the third period to give the Bruins their first lead of the game in a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden.

The goal arrived courtesy of a nifty setup from linemate Brad Marchand working behind the New Jersey net, and also thanks to David Pastrnak winning a battle in the corner thanks to newfound grit in his game. But the hero of the day again turned out to be No. 37, who went from missing an entire week of action to reclaiming his center role on the top line, playing 16:49 of ice time and winning 13-of-24 face-offs while generating five shot attempts.

“I think it’s pretty obvious with what he did [against the Devils]. After being off for over a week and to come back and have one practice with us then back into the game, he scores a clutch goal for us. That’s what he has always been, a clutch player for us,” said Claude Julien. “I think the third period we gave it a really good push there and I like seeing that from our team that you come out and you don’t play on your heels and you push hard and we went down by a goal but we got our game going like I said and we got a couple goals to win this for us.”

Bergeron modestly said postgame that he was just trying to get into the flow of the game after missing a healthy chunk of time with injury. But he certainly looked like he was vintage form once it crunch time. The timing was perfect as he stepped into the one-timer shot off Marchand’s pass, and beat Cory Schneider amid a strong 34-save performance by the kid from Marblehead.

“I mean I was just trying to, I guess, get my feet wet right away and use the first few shifts to kind of just get, feel good about my positioning and my skating,” said Bergeron. “As the game went on I just felt better. Of course you want to start on a good note, especially at home, and we talked about our home record in the last few years. We wanted to do the job early, especially in the first game, and it’s one step but we’re happy with it.”

It was like Bergeron didn’t miss a single beat after missing the first three games of the season with a lower body injury, and those kinds of instincts and natural ability are things worth marveling about when it comes to the Bruins.

“I was feeling good [on the ice],” said Bergeron. “It would have been nice to ride the wave of the World Cup, but that being said I thought in the first I was trying to be good position ally and kind of get myself going with the first few shifts, and just kind of go from there. Overall I thought that happened.”

While the comeback win was certainly good news for the Bruins, the best news of all is that Bergeron has returned to the lineup with no signs of an injury that surprised everybody right before the start of the regular season.