Winterhawks' Cross Hanas pulls off Zegras alley-oop assist in WHL game

Cross Hanas. (Ben Ludeman/Portland Winterhawks)

Trevor Zegras has started a trend.

The Anaheim Ducks rookie forward made all the highlight reels last week when he flipped the puck over the net to awaiting teammate Sonny Milano, who batted it past Buffalo Sabres goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and into the net.

Now here's the WHL remix featuring Cross Hanas of the Portland Winterhawks.

Hanas, who is a Detroit Red Wings prospect, seems to have a flair for creativity by having already scored the "Michigan" goal and now has added another to his repertoire.

The 19-year-old Hanas pulled a Zegras during the third period against the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday night. James Stefan was the lucky recipient of the alley-oop pass and connected with the puck mid-air to extend the Winterhawks' lead to 4-1.

Hanas earned his team-leading 19th assist on the play.

"It's something that's come about here in recent weeks with Zegras doing it and stuff," Hanas said in an interview posted to the team's Twitter account. "Obviously, as a hockey player, every hockey player sees that stuff and is like, 'Oh my gosh, that's unreal.'

"I was just behind the net and the D weren't really pressuring me. ... Me and Stef talked about it in intermission because we had another chance in the second. We didn't pull it but we talked about it. Then I had another chance in the third to do it and that's all about hockey. You kind of take risks, see what happens and I picked it up and took the risk.

"Stef, thankfully, batted it out, or else I would have looked a little stupid but it was awesome that he got that in. We got that goal together, it was pretty awesome."

Wonder how John Tortorella feels about this one?

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