'Old Time Hockey': Hanson brother from cult classic 'Slap Shot' coming to Danbury

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Steve Carloson, who played Steve Hanson in the 1977 cult class "Slap Shot."

Steve Carloson, who played Steve Hanson in the 1977 cult class "Slap Shot."

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The Danbury Hat Tricks are bringing a Hanson brother to town for next month's “Movember Night” at Danbury Arena. 

Steve Carlson, who played Steve Hanson in the classic hockey film “Slap Shot,” will make an appearance as part of Moustache Classic IV on Nov 12. The charity event benefits the Movember Foundation, which raises awareness for men's health issues.

The Hat Tricks, who play in the Federal Prospects Hockey League, will be facing the Elmira Mammoth that night.

The Hanson brothers were a big part of the 1977 hockey film that told the story of a struggling minor league hockey team in fictional Charlestown, Pa. that uses on-ice brawls and violence to spark interest among its declining fan base. The movie starred the late Paul Newman as Reggie Dunlop, the Chiefs' player/coach.

The Hansons were based on real-life brothers Jeff, Steve, and Jack Carlson, who were playing for the minor league Johnstown Jets. Steve and Jeff Carlson appeared in the movie, along with minor league player Dave Hanson.

The three actors were in character at Rentschler Field for 2011 Whalers Hockey Fest and have made appearances over the years.

Also appearing with Steve Carlson next month is Danbury is Doug “The Thug” Smith, a former minor league players whose story was adapted for the 2011 film “Goon.” 

Tickets are available at the Hat Tricks website, using the code “Moustache.”