Slap Shot – Denis Lemieux

The 1977 movie Slap Shot with Paul Newman is a classic in Canada. One of the movie’s fan favourites’ character was goaltender Denis Lemieux, a French Canadian goalie with a thick accent and no filter… as did most of the characters in the movies. The actor playing the now famous goaltender is Yvon Barrette, who grew up in Alma, Quebec. Ironically, Barrette played hockey but as a forward, so playing a goalie didn’t come naturally. What did come naturally though is the persona and the emotion of being French Canadian and the actor brought a touch of humour and realism to the classic movie.

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