Today marks the 40th anniversary of one of my favorite movies of all time; Slap Shot.
Some would argue it's the best hockey movie ever made, and it WAS the best hockey comedy ever made... for 37 years.... until Miracle came out in 2004. But we're not here to celebrate that movie today.
What made Slap Shot so endearing was it's R rating. The cursing, the violence, the nudity... somehow just made it all seem even more believable. Of course getting a Hollywood leading man like Paul Newman certainly helped the movie's legitimacy.
Just about every hockey player and/or hockey fan I know can recite all the funny lines in the movie. Especially those of the Hanson Brothers, the child-like goons who "put on the foil" before every game and in their spare time race electric cars.
Right from the start Slap Shot sets the tone with this hilarious scene with French Canadian goalie about the "Finer Points Of Hockey"