On February 28, the San Jose Sharks made a trade just prior to the trade deadline, acquiring forward Jannik Hansen from the Vancouver Canucks. Get to know the newest member of Sharks Territory with these 5 need-to-know facts.
1. Hansen was the first Danish player to be born and raised in Denmark to record a point in a playoff game when he did so in 2007 with the Vancouver Canucks (Poul Popeil did so in 1968, but he was raised in Canada).
2. Hansen knew Sharks forward Mikkel Boedker growing up. He played with Boedker's older brother for a few years when they were both preteens. Hansen's hometown of Rødovre is just north of Boedker's hometown of Brøndby.
3. Hansen once pulled an Owen Nolan (or, more recently, a Brent Burns), scoring from center ice on Tuukka Rask.
4. He was part of the second place Team Europe squad in the 2016 World Cup alongside Mikkel Boedker. Hansen has represented Denmark in 10 different years, including two seasons where he played for both the U20 World Junior squad and the men's team internationally.
5. Jannik Hansen is the only three-time winner of the Fred J. Hume Award, the Vancouver Canucks player award for the season's "Unsung Hero" as voted on by the fans. He is also the reigning winner.