Veteran winger Jannik Hansen has hung up his skates. After spending this past season in the KHL, the 33-year-old told Lars Fink of TV 2 Sport in Denmark that he has decided to call it a career, citing lingering injury issues.
Hansen was a fixture in Vancouver’s lineup for the better part of a decade after being selected in the ninth round (287th overall) back in 2004. He played in 565 games with the team, providing them with capable secondary scoring along the way. Hansen was flipped to San Jose midway through the 2016-17 campaign as part of the trade that saw the Canucks acquire young winger Nikolay Goldobin. While he made an impact down the stretch that season, his second and final season with the team didn’t go as well as his ineffectiveness limited him to just 46 games.
That resulted in limited interest in free agency which resulted in him trying the KHL as he signed with CSKA Moscow for the 2018-19 campaign. He played in 45 games with the team, picking up 18 points. Interestingly enough, his retirement opens up a spot with CSKA, one that could very well wind up being filled by Goldobin.
Hansen wraps up his playing days with 626 games between Vancouver and San Jose, collecting 109 goals and 147 assists and career earnings of over $15.5MM, per CapFriendly.