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03-08-2007, 07:22 AM
David Puddy
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Originally Posted by nikebauer View Post
The Rocket was the best IMO.

It was gritty, had a sense of realism, and really brought you back to that a bunch of NHLers were in it.
Slap Shot was very realistic as well. It was based on the 1974-75 Johnstown Jets.

Slap Shot had a bunch of NAHLers. That's the North American Hockey League, which is a forefather of the ECHL and was the top minor league for the WHA.

Nancy Dowd, whose brother Ned Dowd was a player on the team, followed the team around for awhile and had her brother record locker room and bus trip conversations.

Most of the outrageous incidents in the movie really did happen as well -- going into the stands, getting arrested, the fear of the mills closing. The Hanson brothers were based on the Carlson brothers, two of whom played Hanson brothers. The third Hanson brother was played by Jets defenseman Dave "Killer" Hanson, who was switched from the character based upon he when Jack Carlson couldn't do the movie because he was playing with the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA.

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