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Trivia for Slap Shot

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  • Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the NHL's Minnesota Wild, appears in the film wearing #7 for the Hyannisport Presidents. Boudreau was one of several players for the Johnstown Jets minor league hockey team that were used as extras.
  • The Championship Trophy presented at the end of the movie was, in reality, the Lockhart Cup, which was representative of the North American Hockey League championship. To this day, it sits in the basement recreation room of Danny Belisle, where it has become a flower pot.
  • Nick Nolte lobbied hard for the part of Ned Braden, but there was no time for him to learn how to skate. Don Most, who portrayed Ralph Malph on Happy Days (1974) also auditioned.
  • Though decried by much of the NHL upon release - many league higher ups felt fans would lump the brawl-filled 1970s NHL with the brawl-filled minor league featured in the film - the movie is still a staple on NHL buses and team charters. It's not uncommon for NHL players born years after the movie's release to name it as their favorite movie. In locker rooms, players refer to reporters who write an untrue rumor with conviction as "Dickie Dunn."
  • Paul Newman had stated on many occasions that he had more fun making this film than on any other film he has starred in, and that it remained his favorite of his own films, until his death.
  • Nancy Dowd originally intended the film to be a documentary. George Roy Hill convinced her that it would be better served as a feature-length comedy.
  • The referees in the game scenes wear red-striped jerseys instead of black, as was done in the now-defunct World Hockey Association.
  • Peter Strauss auditioned to play a role in Slap Shot (1977) but broke his leg whilst skating in the audition. He later appeared on The Tonight Show (1962) with his leg in a cast to lament his plight, and marvelled that the much older Paul Newman skated rings around him without so much as a scratch.
  • Dick Roberge was the head coach of the Johnstown Jets in the 1974-1975 hockey season.
  • Near the end of the film, the radio broadcaster is interviewing one of the Hansen brothers in the locker room, and he refers to Charlestown as "the flood city". Slap Shot was filmed in Johnstown, PA (of 1889 Johnstown Flood fame), and the year that Slap Shot opened (1977), Johnstown was flooded for the third time in its history (the other two being 1889 and 1936). Johnstown's unofficial nickname (even prior to Slap Shot's release) is "the flood city."
  • Paul Newman's player-coach character Reggie Dunlop was based on John Brophy, a long-time minor-league player and coach. Brophy later coached the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs for 2 1/2 seasons. Michael Ontkean played college hockey at the University of New Hampshire.
  • Nancy Dowd wrote the script because her brother, Ned Dowd, was a professional hockey player. He also has a part in the movie, as well as being stunt coordinator and technical advisor.
  • Brothers Jack, Jeff Carlson and Steve Carlson were originally slated to play the Hanson brothers. However, Jack was called up by the Edmonton Oilers shortly before filming began. His part went to another member of the Johnstown Jets, David Hanson, who was supposed to play Dave "Killer" Carlson. Actor Jerry Houser was hired for that part.
  • During rehearsals, Yvon Barrette was seriously injured when a puck hit him in the knee. Barrette was worried that he would be replaced with another actor. But George Roy Hill postponed shooting scenes featuring Barrette so that he could return to the film when he recovered. Barrette returned to filming 10 days later. But to prevent any further injury, Barrette was doubled by Ronald L. Docken during the hockey playing scenes.
  • In 1992, Steve Carlson became the real-life head coach of the Memphis Riverkings, a Central Hockey League team.
  • A significant portion of songs in the theatrical release, as well as versions shown on T.V., were replaced by other songs on the VHS and DVD release. They were finally restored for the 25th Anniversary editions.
  • The character of Ogie Ogilthorpe was based upon Bill 'Goldie' Goldthorpe, a WHA and NAHL player in the '70s.
  • When Lily moves into Reggie's apartment, you can see a framed picture of a hockey player on the apartment wall. The player is the St. Louis Blues' Bobby Plager.
  • Al Pacino showed interest in the lead role but fell out with director George Roy Hill after he was asked if he could ice skate (Pacino considered the question "facetious"). Pacino later expressed regret that he had missed out on the film.
  • Steve Carlson became the Head Coach of the Johnstown Chiefs East Coast Hockey League Team in 1988 until 1992. The Chiefs played their home games in the Johnstown War Memorial arena where the movie was filmed. The Chiefs franchise played their home games in the same arena from their founding in 1988 until 2010, having since moved to Greenville, South Carolina. Beginning with the 2010-2011 season, the ECHL's Wheeling (West Virginia) Nailers, a former Chiefs' rival, will play 10 of their 36 home games at the War Memorial arena. The War Memorial is now home to the Johnstown Tomahawks of the North American Hockey League (NHL).
  • Shortly after the film opened, the Jets had to suspend operations for one season because a flood damaged their ice-making equipment. After a final year as the Johnstown Red Wings, the franchise was idled in 1980. It was eventually revived in 1987 as the Johnstown Chiefs.
  • The Syracuse Bulldogs' stick boy was played by Danny Belisle's son, Dan Belisle Jr.
  • Susan Kendall Newman, who appears briefly as a drug store clerk and is later seen in the stands at one of the games, is Paul Newman's daughter.
  • The character Ned Braden is named for Ned Dowd, the brother of the film's writer, Nancy Dowd. Ned Dowd was a player for the minor league team the Johnstown Jets whom the Charlestown Chiefs are based on.
  • All three Hanson brothers played professional hockey either in the World Hockey Association and/or the National Hockey League
  • According to David Hanson (during a Q&A on his 2008 book tour) much of the Hanson brothers' on screen antics were unscripted and improvised on the set. For example the toys in the hotel room were the Carlson brothers' own.
  • Michael Ontkean was a promising hockey player prior to becoming an actor, and was offered, but turned down, a contract from the NY Rangers.
  • Universal Pictures offered Steve Carlson, Jeff Carlson and David Hanson the chance to star in their own spin-off film. But all three turned it down to return to their professional hockey playing careers.
  • Many of the players in the game scenes (as well as the Hanson brothers) played for the Johnstown Jets, a team in the now-defunct minor-pro North American Hockey League. The Charlestown Chiefs were based on the Jets.
  • The Chiefs' bus driver was played by Cliff Thompson. Thompson was the bus driver for the Johnstown Jets, the real hockey team that the Chiefs are based on.
  • The character of "#7 Clarence 'Screaming Buffalo' Swamptown" was played by 'Joe Nolan' who, during a brief minor league career in the 1950's, accumulated almost one thousand penalty minutes in 6 seasons, including one with the Johnstown Jets.
  • Allan F. Nicholls wore a helmet so he would not be mistaken for Jerry Houser, since they both had curly brown hair. In addition, Nicholls decided to grow a Fu Man Chu Mustache in honor of his idol, then Montreal Canadiens' defenseman Larry Robinson (Robinson wore that style mustache at that time).
  • Filmed during the summer of 1976.
  • The swearing in the film, by 1977 standards, was considered so foul, advertisements contained an additional warning underneath the R-rating: "Certain language may be too strong for children."
  • In Québec (Canada), the movie has reached cult status because it was dubbed in a very "colorful" vernacular Québec French, including, not unlike the original English track, lots of swearing and profanities. Benoît Marleau (1937-2009) was the voice of Reggie Dunlop. Other well known local talent lent their voice to other characters, including Serge Thériault ( La petite vie (1993) ), Denise Filiatrault, Véronique Le Flaguais and Jean-Louis Millette. Yvan Ponton ( Lance et compte (1986) ) also has a part in the movie.
  • In the scene where the referee was told to listen to the song, the red white & blue jersey belongs to Former WHA referee Ron Fournier. The production company personally called him to get the jersey but it was after a phone call to the league's front office that he accepted. He removed his name on the back but kept his number on it.
  • Reggie's apartment in this movie is the actual, real life apartment of Bruce Boudreau, who, at the time, played for the Johnstown Jets, the team the Chiefs were modeled on.
  • Although much of the movie takes place during the fall and winter seasons, when hockey is in season, filming at the Utica Memorial Auditorium took place during the month of June 3rd-4th Similarly, in Johnstown, Paul Newman is wearing a coat as though it should be cold, but there is no snow on the ground and the trees are in full bloom.
  • Paul D'Amato's character, Tim 'Dr. Hook' McCracken, served as the model for the face of the Marvel Comics mutant superhero Wolverine.
  • Jerry Houser who played Dave "Killer" Carlson also played real life hockey player Les Auge in Miracle on Ice, the 1981 docudrama about the 1980 gold medal winning U.S. Olympic hockey team. Auge was one of the last players cut from the squad before they went to Lake Placid to compete in the games.
  • Legend has it that while standing at ice level mere seconds before the Anaheim Ducks won the 2007 Stanley Cup, a front office employee came up behind general manager Brian Burke and screamed in his ear "The Chiefs have won the championship of the Federal League!"
  • In minor league hockey "Slap Shot" is often referred to as "The Bible".
  • During the first bus trip with the Hanson brothers Reggie Dunlop reads the March 19, 1976 edition of The Hockey News.
  • During an interview a few years ago the "Hanson Brothers" (Steve & Jeff Carlson, Dave Hanson) were asked if they taught Paul Newman how to skate. They answered "We taught him how to act!"
  • Last of six Paul Newman movies to feature character actor Strother Martin. The previous movies are Pocket Money (1972), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Harper (1966), and The Silver Chalice (1954).
  • Paul Stewart, at the time an enforcer in the North American Hockey League (and later in the World Hockey Association and National Hockey League) and subsequently a longtime NHL referee, has a bit role in the film as a defenseman for the Long Island Ducks. He is behind the net, wearing a yellow helmet, during the infamous "Hanrahan" scene. According to Stewart, he received $500 and a copy of the script autographed by Paul Newman for his appearance.
  • In the scene where Lily Braden moves in with Reggie, there is a poster of the St. Louis Blues on the wall in the background. The player pictured on the poster is Noel Picard. He was Defense and played for the Blues '67-68 and '72-'73.
  • The Rolling Stones' drummer Charlie Watts is playing in the opening of the hotel scene.
  • Jean Rosario Tetreault lied his way into the movie. When George Roy Hill asked all the actors to come the next day for the first scenes, he showed up and when he was asked who he was, his response was that they called him to be there. George even wrote a scene especially for Jean. When George saw Jean remove his dentures before a game, he immediately wrote the locker room scene into the script.
  • In the parade scene at the end of the film the local movie theatre marquee clearly is showing Deep Throat (1972).
  • The goalie mask worn by goaltender Denis Lemieux (Yvon Barette) is the same mask worn by then Philadelphia Flyers goalie Bernie Parent.
  • One of the Hanson brothers coached a reasonably successful youth team from Pittsburgh, PA that attended nationals in the year 2000.
  • Player Drouin #14 in the opening scene game against Hyannisport, was shown holding a opposing player in front of the his goaltender, then show him sitting on the bench a second later.
  • Both Paul Newman and Melinda Dillon also appeared in Absence Of Malice in 1981.
  • One of the toy slot cars the Hanson's are playing with is a replica of a Brumos Porsche 935. A very successful car in the 70s.
  • Paul Newman and Lindsay Crouse would later reunite onscreen in The Verdict (1982).
  • The song "Right Back Where We Started From" by Maxine Nightingale is featured throughout the film and during the closing credits. This song is traditionally played by the Toronto Maple Leafs after a home win.
  • The Hanson Brothers were the inspiration behind the creation of The Dudley Boys in ECW
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