A nice hockey promotion for the Minnesota Twins’ High-A farm team, as the legendary Hanson Brothers will be appearing at Hammond Stadium for a Salute to Slap Shot Night promo from the Fort Myers Miracle (Florida State League).
Slap Shot is the classic movie where Paul Newman attempts to keep the Charleston Chiefs in business with plenty of brawls and dirty tactics. It’s also the movie that launched the Hanson Brothers — the designated goons who were known more as pugilists than hockey players. In real life, the Hanson Brothers weren’t bothers, but actual hockey players — Jeff Carlson, Steve Carlson and David Hanson. (Another Carlson brother, Jack Carlson, was cast as a third Hanson brother, but playoff action for the Oilers caused him to miss movie filming.) For instance, Steve Carlson played pro hockey in the NHL and WHA, rooming with Wayne Gretzky during their time together with the Edmonton Oilers.
Since the movie, the three entered the appearance circuit, with a special act for hockey games. For the Miracle, the Hanson Brothers will be on hand to sign free autographs and pose for pictures.
As a bonus, the Miracle will wear special Charlestown Chiefs-inspired jerseys available via an in-game silent auction. Proceeds of the silent auction will benefit the Stan and Haney D.R.A.F.T. Fund (Direct Relief and Assistance for Florida Troops).