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Pat Hannigan
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
183 lb (83 kg)
Teams Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born March 5, 1936(1936-03-05),
Timmins, ON, CAN
Died December 11 2007 (aged 71),
Welland, ON, CAN
Pro Career 1956 – 1971

Patrick Edward "Hopalong" Hannigan (March 5, 1936 – December 11, 2007) was a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who played five seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. He later served as a television analyst for the Buffalo Sabres, where he was paired with Ted Darling.

Hannigan played junior hockey for the St Michaels College Majors from 1954-56, scoring 69 points in 46 games in his final season. His NHL rights were owned by the Toronto Maple Leafs

He then turned pro with the Winnipeg Warriors in 1956-57. Despite excellent numbers in the minors, Hannigan only got into one game for the Leafs.

In 1960-61 he was traded to the New York Rangers for Eddie Shack. He played the balance of that season and all of the next for the Rangers. After that, Hannigan found himself back in the minors.

The 1967 NHL Expansion gave Hannigan another NHL chance. He was picked by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. He scored 11 goals and 15 assists in 65 games for the Flyers in 1967-68. After starting the following season for Philadelphia, he was sent back to the minors (the Buffalo Bisons).

After three years in the Western Hockey League Hannigan retired in 1971.

Hannigan played in a total of 182 NHL games, scoring 30 goals and 39 assists.


  • WHL Coast Division First All-Star Team (1959)
  • AHL First All-Star Team (1965)

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