Alan Hangsleben (1974-1980)
Alan Hangsleben's popularity with fans was recognized last season when they selected him the "Favorite Whaler" for 1977-78 ... Played in 79 of 80 team games and finished with 29 points (11, goals, 18 assists) his highest point total in four years as a Whaler ... Always hustling not afraid to "mix it up" ... Members of the Hartford/Springfield media paid him a glowing tribute when they awarded him the "Frank Keyes Memorial Trophy" as the unsung hero .... American born (Warroad, MN), he was a member of Team USA in the 1976 Canada Cup Series ... First draft pick ever signed by the Whalers. (From the 1978-79 Whalers media guide)
Hangsleben was traded to the Washington Capitals during the middle of the 1979–80 NHL season in exchange for Tom Rowe, and played for the Capitals until he was released early into the 1981–82 NHL season. Hangsleben would sign with the Los Angeles Kings and play for them for the rest of that season. He played two seasons in the American Hockey League before retiring in 1984.