Emil Hanson played seven games for the Detroit Red Wings in 1932-33. He was best known as a versatile worker for many years in the AHA where he lined up on defence and right-wing.
Born in Camrose, Alberta, Hanson played his amateur hockey at Augsburg College before debuting with the Tulsa Oilers of the AHA in 1928-29. In addition to his brief exposure to the NHL, he played with the IAHL's Detroit Olympics and the St. Paul Saints when they were part of the CHL.
Before retiring in 1942, Hanson toured the Midwest as an AHA regular in St. Paul, Kansas City, Wichita and Minneapolis. His best year was 1935-36 when he scored 23 points for the St. Paul Saints and was named to the AHA first all-star team.