Christian Hanson, Chicago Wolves

We’ve had back-to-back opportunities to hang with members of the Chicago Wolves, ask at both the Brews and Bites event, and just last week at their wine tasting charity event. After meeting many of these humble, talented hotties, it was difficult to pick just one for our HAM of the Week. But after serious consideration, Christian Hanson nabs the title.

The opportunity to talk vino and hockey with our HAM of the Week was just as you could imagine—SDI’s Sharon Steed said he was the most engaging player at the wine tasting (and said he had an amazingly delicious Mark West Pinot Noir at his station), and based on this 2010 interview, we couldn’t agree about his charismatic appeal more:

But beyond his gorgeous brown “flow” and deep brown eyes, (two qualities this HAM hunter is a deep sucker for!) what else is there to know about the 28-year-old center?

Well for one, he’s sort of hockey royalty. Ask any loyal hockey fan if they’ve seen the movie Slapshot and remember the Hanson brothers—his father, Dave Hanson, played the role of “Jack Hanson”, and the character of “Killer Carlson” is based on him.

As you can see, flow runs in the family…

 

The 6’4”, 228 lbs. the Venetia, Pennsylvania native began his hockey career as a member of his high school team, where he helped lead them to the Double-A State Championship. He also played for the Tri-City Storm in the U.S. Hockey League for two seasons before taking his career to the University of Notre Dame. Hanson played all four years for the FIghting Irish, and although he was not selected in the 2008 NHL Draft, he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs the following year.

Christian Hanson, http://www.capitalsoutsider.com

Christian Hanson, http://www.capitalsoutsider.com

Hanson played for the team’s AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, in addition to call-ups from the Maple Leafs, for the next three seasons before being drafted by the Washington Capitals in 2011. He played for the team’s AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears for one season and the Boston Bruins’ affiliate, the Providence Bruins the following season.

In August 2013, Hanson signed a contract with the St. Louis Blues as a free agent. In his first full season with the Wolves, he’s had four goals and ten assists in 51 games, but it’s his off-the-ice antics that really have our hearts melting.

Hanson has been verbal about his peanut allergy, even so far as having the team hosting two peanut-free games this season—one back in October and the other at yesterday’s match versus Lake Erie.

He’s an avid movie buff, having been to the Cannes Film Festival, and we’re guessing he was thrilled with the results of awards season this year. Think we’ll get him to talk about the red carpet or a “flow-off” with Jared Leto?

He’s funny, devoted to his fans, and did we mention he’s really, ridiculously good-looking and VERY single?

Follow Christian Hanson on Twitter at @Hanson20er and Instagram at @Christianhanson20.

About the author: Hannah Gettleman is a native of the Northern Chicago suburbs. She received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 and attended every home Illini football game. Her love of Chicago sports comes from her dad, who has been in the same Fantasy Football league since she was six years old, and her mom, who plays in a 5-0 football pool. She’s also won the family March Madness pool four times in a row. An avid Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks and Cubs fan, she’s excited to share her love of sports and cute guys as the newest HAM Hunter. When she’s not glued to the television on Sundays, Hannah follows the latest in entertainment and red carpet fashion, and makes delicious Betty Crocker brownies. You can follow her at @hgettle12.

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