Ghost Pirates announce goaltender Darion Hanson as first official player

The Savannah Ghost Pirates, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s  Vegas Golden Knights and the AHL’s Henderson Silver Knights announced today that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Darion Hanson for the 2022-2023 season.  Hanson becomes the first official player signing in Ghost Pirates team history.  

Hanson, 25, joins the Ghost Pirates after posting a 20-15-0 record, with one shutout, a 2.24 goals-against average and a 0.957 save percentage in his senior season at the University of Connecticut last season. In addition, Hanson was impressive in his professional and ECHL debut last spring with the Reading Royals stopping 22 of 23 shots with a 0.957 save percentage to earn the win.  

Hansen shared his excitement after being introduced at a press conference on Tuesday, August 9 at Enmarket Arena.

“Being a player, there’s a lot of buzz around other players my age about what’s going on here in Savannah. I can already tell this is going to be a place that people want to play. Just in terms of season ticket sales and the city of Savannah, I could not be more excited,” he said.

“I am very happy to become a Ghost Pirate,” said Hanson.  “Coach Bennett and the organization are certainly building something exciting.  I’m looking forward to getting to know the City of Savannah, the fans, as well getting out on the ice at Enmarket Arena.”    

The 6-3, 181-pound netminder also played three collegiate seasons at Union College for Ghost Pirates Head coach Rick Bennett, earning 50 wins and seven shutouts from 2017-2020.   

“We are thrilled to be able to add a player of Darion’s caliber to our team,” said Ghost Pirates Head Coach Rick Bennett. “Darion is a sound goaltender, and high-character individual and he will make an impact on our roster and in the community.” 

Last season, the East Bethel, MN resident was named to the Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star Team.   

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