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Category: Athlete Appearances, Hockey, Speakers for $10,000 and Under

Highlights: The Hanson Brothers were fictitious brothers who played hockey in the movie "Slap Shot". The characters were based off the real-life trio of Carlson brothers and also featured Dave Hanson.

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Fee Range: $5,001 - $10,000

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The Hanson Brothers were fictional brothers who played ice hockey and were portrayed in “Slap Shot”, a 1977 movie that was written by Nancy Dowd and starred Paul Newman. The Hanson Brothers were based on the real Carlson brothers– Jack Carlson, Steve Carlson Jeff Carlson - all three of whom played hockey. Jeff and Steve appeared in the movie but Jack was not available due to his being called-up by the Edmonton Oilers so Dave Hanson took his spot. Considered one of the best sports movies of all-time, “Slap Shot” was ranked in 2015 by USA Today Sports #16 on its list of the “25 Greatest Sports Movies” of all-time.

The storyline of the movie was based on Dowd’s brother Ned and his experiences when he competed in 1974-1975 for the Johnstown Jets of the North American Hockey League. That season, the Jets won the league title and featured all three Carlson brothers, who became fan favorites with their horn-rimmed glasses and long hair and propensity for not only racking up points but also penalty minutes. Also on the team that season was Dave Hanson, an enforcer who was nicknamed “Killer”. In the movie, the Jets are fictionalized by the Charlestown Chiefs, who sign the Hanson Brothers to serve as enforcers.

In real life, Dave Hanson spent time playing in the World Hockey Association (WHA) and NHL, Jeff Carlson played in the WHA and Steve Carlson played in both the WHA and NHL. Since the movie was released, they’ve enjoyed a cult following and regularly make personal appearance at hockey-related events as the Hanson Brothers to sign autographs and meet their fans. At the 2011 NHL Awards, the Hanson Brothers appeared in a sketch spoofing the tv series “Pawn Stars”. In 2015, the Hanson Brothers became members of the Fictitious Hall of Fame, joining such other famous characters as Rocky Balboa (“Rocky”), Roy Hobbs (“The Natural”), Happy Gilmore (“Happy Gilmore”), Carl Spackler (“Caddyshack”) and Crash Davis (“Bull Durham”).

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