The aftermath of Dave Hanson accidentally yanking off Bobby Hull’s toupee during a game. (It is often wrongly assumed Steve Durbano was the culprit.) Dave apologised to Bobby, who reportedly replied “It’s ok kid, I needed a new one anyway.” There were also reports that Dave got a few threats from fans after the incident.
Slap Shot ranks as one of the most popular sports movies of all time,
and the bespectacled, fighting Hanson Brothers are among the most
memorable characters ever spawned by the silver screen. Now, one of the
brothers–real-life hockey player Dave Hanson–invites readers onto the
movie set and into the rough-and-tumble world of minor-league hockey in
this hysterical and highly anticipated autobiography. Follow Hanson’s
fascinating life from the tough neighborhoods of St. Paul, Minnesota, to
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where he played for the Jets and made hockey’s
greatest movie (chumming with Paul Newman and getting involved in all
kinds of mischief), and on to the NHL, where his boyhood dreams were
fulfilled. Hanson’s story–filled with both hilarity and adversity–will
make you laugh out loud and warm your heart.
Admittedly, I’m not a huge sports fan, but hockey has always interested me. Paul Newman makes a great coach. The 70s clothes are almost like their own character in the film. I absolutely loved the Hanson brothers (seen above).
I feel the need to go to a real live hockey game sometime soon.