HERSHEY, PA – A little over a month after an early end to the season in the Atlantic Division Finals, the Hershey Bears announced today a new addition from Denmark. Danish forward Mathias Bau Hansen joins the roster for the 2017-2018 season. The 23-year-old is listed at a menacing 6-foot-7, 238 pounds.
The lack of size in the lineup was of great concern and with today’s signing the issue is being addressed. Vice President of Hockey Operations Bryan Helmer on the signing per the Bears release:
“We have discussed adding more size to our team and Mathias certainly brings that,” said Helmer. “He’s someone our staff watched and identified as a player with a great deal of potential. He moves well for a big man and has a strong skill set.”
Bau Hansen spent four seasons in the Metal Ligaen, Denmark’s top tier hockey league. He’s not afraid to use his size and boasts 234 penalty minutes in 175 career games. That’s not to say he can’t put points up as well. He tied for team lead with 40 points in 41 games for the Frederikshavn White Hawks in 2016-2017.
Additionally, he is a member of the Danish National Team and has represented his country at the World Junior Championships as well as the World Championships and 2018 Olympic Games Qualifications.
Bau Hansen could prove to be a valuable weapon in net front battles for the Bears. Here’s an example in a game from the KB Euro Ice Hockey Challenge in 2017. Mathias is parked right in front of the net wearing #50 in white. (The goal is at the 22-second mark.) Via On The Sports:
Bears fans will get their first chance to see Mathias in action at home on October 14th, 2017 at the home opener.
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