Maple Leafs sign Hanson to two-year entry level contract

Darren Dreger

3/31/2009 12:10:39 PM

Christian Hanson has signed a two-year entry level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"We are excited to have Christian signed to a contract, and look forward to seeing him play for our organization," said president and general manager Brian Burke in a media release. "He is a very intelligent hockey player who has good size and a solid scoring touch around the net."

The son of Dave Hanson of the famed Hanson brothers from the move "Slap Shot", Christian is a centreman with the NCAA's Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

At 6'4" and 225 pounds, the 23-year-old Hanson is considered to be a sturdy two-way centre who scored 16 goals and 15 assists for 31 points in 37 games for the Fighting Irish this season.