February 12, 2014 - 1:57 PM
WEST KELOWNA – The West Kelowna Warriors will have a trio of special guests at their final home game of the season – the Hanson brothers from the 1977 cult movie Slap Shot.
Real life hockey players Steve Carlson, Jeff Carlson and David Hanson played the bruising, fight-loving brothers in the movie that starred Paul Newman and forever changed how the world sees hockey players.
“The Hanson brothers are iconic in the world of hockey,” says Warrior spokesperson Adam Less. “In many ways, (they) are even more popular than the movie itself.”
With long hair and taped up glasses, the characters, based on real-life brothers, Steve, Jeff and Jack Carlson, have become synonymous with hockey.
Steve Carlson played in the NHL and the WHA while Jeff Carlson played 7 games in the WHA. Jack Carlson was unable to appear in the film when he was called to play for the Edmonton Oilers WHA farm team and his role was played by Dave Hanson. Dave Hanson played 136 games in the NHL and WHA.
The Hanson brothers will appear March 1, at 7 p.m. at Royal LePage Place for the Warriors final home game of the season.
The three men will also be at Ultimate Hockey and Skate signing autographs and meeting fans before the game between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
“The Warriors and Ultimate Hockey wanted to do something at the end of the season that is a little bit out of the box,” Less says. “The Hanson brothers have stood the test of time. Decades later, they still have the same appeal that they had in 1977.”
For tickets to the game, call the Warriors office at 250-769-7051 or visit their website.
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