Slap Shot – The Hanson Brothers

In part-one of this two-parts article, we looked at the impact of French Canadian goaltender Denis Lemieux on the classic movie Slap Shot. While Denis had a huge impact on the movie, none had a bigger impact than the Hanson brothers. Seeing the team sink into mediocrity, player-coach Reggie Dunlop (played by Paul Newman) asked the General Manager to get him some players. The cheap GM, likely following orders from the owner, got him some players alright. Three brothers who fit right in to the 1970’s style of hockey displayed by the Big Bad Boston Bruins and the Broadstreet Bullies Philadelphia Flyers.

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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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