In Play Magazine Nov/Dec 2008 Issue : Page 23

idolize the man so much. I just think he is the Mecca of hockey. His moniker is just perfect – Mr. Hockey. I just thought it was appropriate to have him. As for Bob, I saw when he did the Winter Classic they had a little feature with “Slap Shot” in there. I’ve known Costas for a long time, he came out of the league we played in during the movie (Editors Note – Costas did play-by-play for the WHA Syracuse Blazers in 1973- 74), and I thought geez if anybody could add a little fl avor for what that league was like back then it was Costas. So I gave Bob a call, and you know its funny how you can connect with folks you don’t know very well. He said I’m really busy, but let me think about it. He called me back shortly thereafter and said I think I got something for you and he wrote it. IP: Having originally lined up Paul to do the foreward for the book I’m assuming you developed a friendship with him shooting “Slap Shot” all those years ago. What was it like working with him and how did he adapt to getting on the ice for the role? DH: First off, he was just an exceptional guy. From the fi rst time we all met him he was just an easy going guy – liked to laugh, liked to joke around - and the connection was there. We had a great time with him. I guess he skated a bit growing up in Ohio, but surprisingly for a guy that really didn’t skate a whole lot he did pretty well. There were only a couple of shots where we had real, live hockey action where they used a double. He would often come to us and ask for tips - how to do this or would a guy do that. He would also reciprocate and say why don’t you try this in this scene. He had a blast doing it, and he’s been quoted as saying that was the best time he had doing a movie. IP: So he had no hesitation working with a bunch of professional hockey players that didn’t have any acting experience? DH: He blended right in, he was one of the guys. Everybody knew that he was a star, but at the same time he never behaved like he was the star. IP: Now you are donating a portion of the book sales to his Hole in the Wall charities? DH: Any sales through my website ( of the book, or anything else that I sell on their, I’m going to donate a portion of the proceeds to his Hole in the Wall Camps. I had some personal experiences with his generosity and it’s just incredible to think that a man of his stature donated hundreds and hundreds of millions to seriously ill children. I just hope that I can help the cause by chipping in a little bit. IP: Now the book isn’t the only thing you’ve got going on, “Slap Shot 3: The Junior League” comes out at the end of November. Talk a little about doing the two sequels and why you all decided to revisit the characters after 25 years… DH: Well after the original they wanted us to do some more fi lms, they actually had one written and ready to go a year after we got done fi lming the fi rst one., but we couldn’t work it out because we wanted to play hockey. Literally 25 years later we got contacted by Universal Studios and they said we’re looking to do a sequel - would you guys be interested? I think they were a little concerned 25 years after the original what we would look like, what we could do. Could we still skate? Were we old balding men? But we were excited to go back and show them we still got it. Now we didn’t have any idea what the script would be like, but we got on a plane and went to Vancouver and had faith that it would be fun and good. It was very successful for Universal Studios and they wanted to do another and it’s coming out towards the end of November. IP: Now this second sequel is going to be rated PG, the fi rst two fi lms were both rated R, why the change? DH: That’s one of the things we talked about when we discussed doing a third one, there is an audience out there that we’ve come across that is kids. We have a huge following of kids and can we do something that the entire family can enjoy without having to plug their youngster’s ears. They came up with a really fun, neat script and we’ll see how it’s going to be received. IP: Dave thanks for taking the time to talk to us. Good luck on the book tour and the DVD release…we know a lot of our readers are going to be picking up both. DH: No problem, thank you. For more information about the “Slap Shot Original” book tour check out the In-Play! Forum’s event section and for more with Dave Hanson check out the In-Play! website in coming weeks for exclusive audio clips. Hear more from Hanson on making “Slap Shot,” the current state of the NHL and playing hockey in the old WHA and AHL days. You can pick up a copy of Dave Hanson’s new book and he will be doing a signing at Borders Books in Birmingham on November 18, 2008 at 7PM or at his website listed above. IN PLAY MAGAZINE • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2008 Dave Hanson On… Playing with Gordie Howe… “When you were on the ice against him you made sure to keep your head up and play hard. Obviously I played a tough guy role, but he never bothered me. I competed hard and wasn’t a cheap shot artist and anything I did, I did honorably - or at least tried to. Him and I never had any real problems against each other, but it was just a thrill.” Fighting in today’s game… “I think it’s an element that separates us from other major sports and there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s a way to police the game and I also think it’s just an exciting part of the game for the fans. You think about Probert and McSorley back in the day, everybody in the stands was on their feet. Those two guys just went at it and when they got done they tapped each other on the helmets, acknowledged hey great scrape and went to the boxes.” Playing for the Red Wings… “It was kind of a mixed review thing for me. When I got there the nickname of the team was the “Dead Wings” and the franchise was struggling, and when I was there I didn’t play much. When your part of team you enjoy the guys your with and playing at that level, but even though your collecting a major league pay check when your not playing your not happy.” Being on the cover of Sports Illustrated… “Those kind of things are just incredible. To have the Sports Illustrated front page in a year where I don’t think they had any hockey on the front page yet you have the Hanson Brothers on the cover – that was pretty exceptional.” 23

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