Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Hanna
Defenceman John Hanna played parts of five NHL seasons with three different clubs in the 50s and 60s. He was best known as a fine playmaker in the minors during a pro career that lasted 18 years.

Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Hanna played junior with the Quebec League's Trois Rivieres Flambeaux. He made his pro debut with the Philadelphia Ramblers of the EHL and also competed in the Quebec Senior loop and the AHL before making it to the big leagues. After a particularly solid showing with the Trois Rivieres Lions 1957-58 he was named to the QHL second all-star team.

Beginning in 1958-59, Hanna played nearly three full years with the New York Rangers. Following the 1960-61 season he lost his place in the line up to Doug Harvey and Albert Langlois. He then spent several years in the AHL, mostly with the Quebec Aces. Hanna dressed for six games with the Montreal Canadiens in 1963-64 but was chiefly a minor leaguer during this period.

Hanna returned to the NHL for 15 games with the expansion Philadelphia Flyers in 1967-68 then settled into a fine career with the Western League's Seattle Totems. He reached the 20-goal mark twice in the Pacific Northwest and was named to the WHL first all-star team twice and second team once. Hanna was also a two-time recipient of the Hal Laycoe Cup as the league's top defenceman and was named the winner of the Leader Cup in 1969 as the league's most valuable player. He skated in the WHA's inaugural season as a member of the Cleveland Crusaders then played a few games for the AHL's Jacksonville Barons in 1973-74 before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1953-54 Sydney Bruins CBJHL
1953-54 North Sydney Franklins M-Cup 5 1 1 2 4
1954-55 Trois-Rivieres Reds QJHL 42 3 6 9 107 9 0 1 1 10
1955-56 Philadelphia Ramblers EHL 28 1 4 5 13
1955-56 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QHL 40 3 14 17 101 5 0 0 0 4
1956-57 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QHL 43 1 14 15 64 10 1 2 3 10
1957-58 Trois-Rivieres Lions QHL 48 3 25 28 66
1957-58 Providence Reds AHL 7 0 3 3 24 3 1 1 2 10
1958-59 New York Rangers NHL 70 1 10 11 83
1959-60 New York Rangers NHL 61 4 8 12 87
1960-61 New York Rangers NHL 46 1 8 9 34
1960-61 Springfield Indians AHL 18 2 2 4 14
1961-62 Quebec Aces AHL 65 0 17 17 85
1962-63 Quebec Aces AHL 70 7 21 28 61
1963-64 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 0 0 0 2
1963-64 Quebec Aces AHL 58 4 14 18 54 9 0 4 4 10
1964-65 Quebec Aces AHL 70 9 25 34 83 5 0 0 0 6
1965-66 Quebec Aces AHL 69 4 22 26 93 6 0 1 1 20
1966-67 Quebec Aces AHL 67 6 20 26 54 4 0 0 0 4
1967-68 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 15 0 0 0 0 +1
1967-68 Quebec Aces AHL 24 1 12 13 27 14 2 6 8 34
1968-69 Seattle Totems WHL 71 25 27 52 49 4 0 1 1 2
1969-70 Seattle Totems WHL 66 9 33 42 38 6 0 1 1 11
1970-71 Seattle Totems WHL 70 20 40 60 68
1971-72 Seattle Totems WHL 36 5 10 15 16
1972-73 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 66 6 20 26 68
1973-74 Jacksonville Barons AHL 11 2 4 6 4
1974-75 Syracuse Eagles AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1975-76 Tidewater Sharks SHL
NHL Totals 198 6 26 32 206


QHL Second All-Star Team (1958)
WHL First All-Star Team (1969, 1971)
Hal Laycoe Cup (WHL - Outstanding Defenseman) (1969, 1971)
Leader Cup (WHL - MVP) (1969)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1970)
Claimed by NY Rangers from Montreal in Intra-League Draft, June 5, 1957. Traded to Montreal by NY Rangers for Albert Langlois, June 13, 1961. NHL rights transferred to Philadelphia after NHL club purchased Quebec (AHL) franchise, May 8, 1967. Traded to Seattle (WHL) by Philadelphia with Art Stratton to complete transaction that sent Earl Heiskala to Philadelphia (May 19, 1968), June, 1968. Selected by Los Angeles (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Cleveland (WHA) by Los Angeles (WHA) for future considerations, July, 1972.