February 27, 2007, - 3:03 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
If you are a hockey fan (the kind that used to have the fighting), as I am, you know that the second greatest hockey movie is “Slap Shot.” Sorry, Canadians, but the best hockey movie is “Miracle” (about the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team).
And if you are a “Slap Shot” fan, you might feel old to reckon with the fact that “Slap Shot” turned 30 over the weekend. 30 years ago, in 1977, Reggie “Reg” Dunlop (Paul Newman), the Charlestown Chiefs, and the brawling Hanson brothers–actors Jeff and Steve Carlson and David Hanson–made their debut.
Though minor league hockey has changed a lot in those 30 years, as the NHL has expanded, the movie stands the test of time as one of the great sports comedies on the silver screen.
* The Hanson Brothers Official Website
* Detroit Newsistan sports columnist John Niyo’s piece, today, “‘Slap Shot': Now This is Hockey.”
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