Dave Hanson, left, Steve Carlson, centre, and Jeff Carlson played the Hanson Brothers in 1977's Slap Shot. ((Chris Young/Canadian Press))

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Tuesday they've signed free agent centre Christian Hanson, whose father starred as one of the iconic Hanson brothers in the classic film Slap Shot.

"We are excited to have Christian signed to a contract, and look forward to seeing him play for our organization," Leafs GM Brian Burke, who is a friend of Dave Hanson's, said in a statement. "He is a very intelligent hockey player who has good size and a solid scoring touch around the net."

Financial terms of Hanson's two-year entry-level deal weren't disclosed.

Hanson, 23, recently finished his fourth season at the University of Notre Dame. The six-foot-four, 228-pound native of Venetia, Penn., recorded 31 points (16 goals) and 28 penalty minutes in 31 games this season for the Fighting Irish, who finished the regular season ranked second in the NCAA but were bounced from the playoffs last Saturday by underdog Bemidji State University.

Dave Hanson played Jack Hanson in 1977's Slap Shot, the beloved Paul Newman vehicle about a floundering minor-league hockey team that turns to on-ice violence to attract fans.