Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Al Hangsleben
Montreal drafted Alan Hangsleban in 1973, but he never played in a Candiens sweater. After studying for an engineering degree at the University of North Dakota, where he played WCHA hockey, he played on the 1973-74 US National Team. He was selected by New England in the 1973 WHA amateur draft, and began playing for the Whalers during the 1974-75 season. He was with them for the next four seasons, and played his first NHL game as a Hartford Whaler when his franchise joined the NHL in 1979-80. Thirty-seven games later he found himself in a Washington Capitols jersey. He demonstrated his versatility as a player while in Washington, as injuries to his teammates caused him to be moved from defence to forward and back again. Hangsleban was happiest at the blueline, considering himself a natural defenseman and handing out punishing body checks regularly. During the 1981-82 season, the Whalers sent him to the AHL, and Hangsleban signed as a free agent with the LA Kings, who were trying to plug holes in their injury plagued line-up. After 18 games in LA, it was back to the AHL, where he continued to play until 1984.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 University of North Dakota WCHA 36 13 21 34 49
1972-73 University of North Dakota WCHA 36 15 18 33 77
1972-73 United States WC-B 7 2 4 6
1973-74 University of North Dakota WCHA 34 9 16 25 56
1973-74 United States Nat-Tm 7 2 3 5 10
1974-75 New England Whalers WHA 26 0 4 4 8 6 0 3 3 19
1974-75 Cape Cod Codders NAPro 55 4 39 43 130
1975-76 New England Whalers WHA 78 2 23 25 62 13 2 3 5 20
1975-76 Cape Cod Codders NAPro 1 0 0 0 9
1976-77 New England Whalers WHA 74 13 9 22 79 4 0 0 0 9
1977-78 New England Whalers WHA 79 11 18 29 140 14 1 4 5 37
1978-79 New England Whalers WHA 77 10 19 29 148 10 1 2 3 12
1979-80 Hartford Whalers NHL 37 3 15 18 69 +9
1979-80 Washington Capitals NHL 37 10 7 17 45 +1
1980-81 Washington Capitals NHL 76 5 19 24 198 -7
1980-81 United States WEC-A 8 1 3 4 22
1981-82 Washington Capitals NHL 17 1 1 2 19 -3
1981-82 Hershey Bears AHL 6 1 2 3 26
1981-82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 18 2 6 8 65 +3
1981-82 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 18 5 4 9 28 4 0 0 0 4
1982-83 Moncton Alpines AHL 71 10 16 26 127
1983-84 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 58 1 23 24 88
NHL Totals 185 21 48 69 396


WCHA First All-Star Team (1972)
WCHA Freshman of the Year (1972)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1972)
Selected by New England (WHA) in 1973 WHA Amateur Draft, June, 1973. Reclaimed by Montreal from Hartford prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Claimed by Hartford from Montreal in Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979. Traded to Washington by Hartford for Tom Rowe, January 17, 1980. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, January 4, 1982. Traded to Edmonton by Los Angeles for Rick Blight, December 7, 1982.