Jannik Hansen sets up a goal, gets thrown out for ‘violence’ and ‘behaviour’ in centre debut (VIDEO)

When we last checked in on Jannik Hansen (like, four hours ago), the locked-out Danish winger had recommitted to Tappara for the duration of the season and was in the midst of his first game as an SM-Liiga first-line centre. Well, that contest is over, and it didn’t go well. Tappara’s first game after the Christmas break was a 5-1 loss at the hands of HIFK. However, for our purposes, the game was a rousing success, because unlike Hansen’s previous 15 games, he was very visible in this one.

In Hansen’s debut in the middle, his line combined for 15 shots, with Hansen registering 5 of them. What’s more, he finished a goal shy of the Gordie Howe Hat trick. He assisted on his club’s first and only tally early in the game, a nice setup on a 3-on-2 rush where Hansen used his speed through the neutral zone to draw both defenders to him before feeding Ville Neiminen for the goal. And as for the fight, the first Finnish fisticuffs of Hansen’s SM-Liiga career: that was the result of Hansen taking a nasty run at an HIFK defender late in the game, once it had become a blowout.

Both the goal and the fight are included in this six-minute highlight package (which also features the abysmal Tappara goaltending that cost them the game). The goal comes at 1:10, the fight comes at 4:10, and I remind you that Hansen is wearing his usual number 36 for Tappara:

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Jannik Hansen extends contract with Tappara, shifts to centre ice

We haven’t heard a whole lot from Jannik Hansen since the Danish forward packed up and headed to Tappara in Finland to ply his trade during the NHL lockout, at least in comparison to the other two Canucks currently playing overseas. While Dale Weise continues to light it up in the Netherlands (he’s up to 42 points in 16 games now), and Cory Schneider is making appearances on the highlight reel, albeit as the victim, Hansen has just quietly fit into his team, the way he often does. The best we could do was an infographic on his sponsor-heavy jersey, which may as well have just been a full-page ad for Olvi soft drinks.

But we do have some Hansen news for you, finally.

First, while a number of NHLers used the Christmas break as a sort of drop-dead date for their overseas sojourns, with Erik Karlsson, SM-Liiga’s top-scoring defenceman, deciding on Thursday to be one of them, Hansen agreed on the same day to stay in Tappara for the remainder of the season (unless the NHL lockout ends).

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