Slap Shot Original: The Man, the Foil, and the Legend Hardcover – Oct 1 2008
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
It presents some interesting , little know facts about the movie. It has some very interesting contributors.
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.Read more ›
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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.
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.
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