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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (Oct. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600781152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600781155
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Hanson is best known for playing “Jack,” one of the unforgettable Hanson Brothers in the movie Slap Shot. He is a former professional hockey player who played 10 seasons, including stints with three World Hockey Association teams and the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota North Stars. He currently manages the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh and continues to make Slap Shot–related promotional appearances around the country. He lives in Pittsburgh. Ross Bernstein is the bestselling author of nearly 50 sports books, including Raising Stanley: What It Takes to Claim Hockey’s Ultimate Prize and Wearing the “C”: Leadership Secrets from Hockey’s Greatest Captains. His work has been featured on CNN and ESPN and in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He lives in Eagan, Minnesota. Bob Costas has been a sportscaster for NBC for more than 30 years. He lives in Clayton, Missouri. Gordie Howe was four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings. He won six Hart Trophies as the league’s most valuable player and six Art Ross Trophies as its leading scorer. He lives in Royal Oak, Michigan. Jeff Carlson is a retired professional hockey player best known for his role in the movie Slap Shot as one of the Hanson brothers. He lives in Muskegon, Michigan. Steve Carlson is a retired professional hockey player and a former minor league hockey coach best known for his role in the movie Slap Shot as one of the Hanson brothers. He lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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By J. McHugh on Nov. 8 2010
Format: Hardcover
It presents the author's life in hockey with a definite humourous turn!

It presents some interesting , little know facts about the movie. It has some very interesting contributors.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Derek Jones on Nov. 26 2009
Format: Hardcover
I think it's safe to assume that if you are interested in or picked up this book it's due to the fact that you're a die hard fan of Universal's 1977 release of Slap Shot. Slap Shot has certainly stood the test of time and remains by far the funniest sports movie ever made. I love and respect so many of the people who were involved with this film that it would be great to share a conversation with them (over a beer of course).

Given that I'm a huge of the film (but be aware that even the performances given by the Hansons are not enough to redeem the terrible sequels), and being on a sports biography/autobiography kick, my interest was peaked when I found out about the release of this book. Given that it's Dave Hanson's autobiography, I knew going in that there would be more here than a recollection of the Slap Shot shoot from day 1 to close. Both the publisher and readers know that this is the selling point of the book (hence the title). However, the recollections of gathering the cast, pulling practical jokes, and discussing some of the insides of the film weren't enough to make this a worthy addition to your sports shelf.

To be brutally honest, Dave Hanson was nothing more than a career minor-leaguer who filled in for Jack Carlson since he was recalled to the WHA during the filming of the movie. Don't get me wrong, I love hockey's tough guys, but the fact remains that he simply did not live an interesting enough life to make the parts of the book that are not about the film worth reading. His whole recollection of his youth has a tiresome "20 mile uphill in a blizzard to school" sort of tone about it. I'd hate to break it to you Dave, but you're not the only one who grew up having to rely on used skates and to shovel and flood a rink in order to get to play on it.
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Daves' A Killer, author that is! Oct. 4 2008
By Melvin Gold - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have read many literature articles over the years and this I must say ranks as the best ever. Mr. Dave "Killer" Hanson has written a very poignant story about his life and a movie that is the best sports movie to date. The violent battles and off ice shenanigans are extraordinarily told by the man who did them and a movie deal about this book is certainly forthcoming. I can truthfully say buy this book and you won't be disappointed. Dave you are a "Killer!"
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful insight. Feb. 12 2010
By John Leak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought the book because it was by one of the "Hanson" brothers. It gave me more insight into one of the "men behind the foil." After reading the book I gained new found knowledge into the Johnstown Jets and more into the "Charlestown Chiefs." I knew that Nancy Dowd wrote the screenplay for the movie "Slapshot" and that her brother Ned played "Oggie Ogelthorpe" but I never knew that Ned actually played hockey. This book is a must for any fan of the movie "Slapshot."
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
CURSES!!! ''F0lLED'' AGAlN!!! Nov. 18 2008
By Smegma Cheese - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dave shoots and scores with this whimsical tale of how he accidently became a movie star. 0ne day he's toiling in the rough and tumble world of hockey's minor leagues hoping to be discovered by an NHL scout. lnstead he's discovered by a talent scout and the next thing he knows, he's hanging out with Cool Hand Luke.

While the movie toiled in obscurity, Dave was making a name for himself in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings and the Minnesota North Stars. Then ''Slapshot'' started to get new life breathed into it, and Dave and his fellow Hanson Brothers became cult figures.

Even though Dave's NHL career ended, his other hockey career took off and he has everyone putting on the foils.

You'll (Eddie) surely love this book. 0therwise, you'll feel shame.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Reading is Fun - Who knew? Oct. 5 2009
By M. Calman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I received this as a gift, and thought what most of us do when someone give you a book. Oh, Thanks... I really liked the movie, but figured what could possibly be in the book that would be interesting.

Once I picked it up, I found it completely addicting and entertaining. I got mad when I had to put it down, and it is so full of good stories, I already know I will read it again.

The book covers a lot of details about how the movie was made, and what hockey was really like in the 70's. It is amazing how hard a player had to work and live to make it to the NHL or WHA. The book is very insightful and with perspective that is often lacking these days.

Beyond that it is just a fun book to read. I mean really fun. Laugh out loud at times fun.

It's easy to dismiss Mr. Hanson as a goon, but he is the type of person that deserves everyone's respect.
Even as a writer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Slap Shot Original is a MUST READ! July 5 2010
By piaforcharity - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have HOSTED the Hanson Brothers at FIVE charity events and read Dave's book in one week. Simply put, I could not put it down, it is very entertaining and the detail is incredible. I told friends who bought the book. Old Time Hockey was truely amazing -- and the boys played for the love of the game. I had a chance to discuss the book with Dave one-on-one (a few times) and it's remarkable how he remembers these stories in detail -- like he was playing just yesterday. There are so many BORING books out there on a variety of sports topics and most are written by "no-bodies," Dave explains hockey in the feeder leagues in a very clear and detailed manner and puts you right there with him! Nice Job Dave! [...]


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