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How Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau ended up in one of the vital iconic sports activities motion pictures of all time

How Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau ended up in one of the vital iconic sports activities motion pictures of all time

Whereas Vancouver followers have rapidly grown to like new Vancouver Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau for his position in jumpstarting the workforce, many probably don’t find out about his half in one of the vital iconic sports activities movies of all time.

The film: The 1977 hockey comedy traditional Slap Shot, starring Paul Newman because the player-coach of a struggling hockey workforce in a dying manufacturing unit city.

The movie was shot in Johnstown, Penn., in 1976, the place Boudreau was taking part in for the now-defunct North American Hockey League’s Johnstown Jets on the time.

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The timing gave Boudreau, together with a number of different Jets, a shot at some Hollywood display screen time.

“It wasn’t a cameo, it was a starring position,” Boudreau quipped at a current media availability.

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“It was an awesome expertise. Who would have thought in 1976 once we have been doing the film that it might turn into the enduring traditional that it’s at present. I used to be simply fortunate sufficient to play on the Johnstown Jets.”


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Whereas Boudreau didn’t have any strains within the movie, a few of his teammates on the Jets did. The legendary (and legendarily violent) ‘Hanson Brothers’ that seem within the movie have been performed by real-life Jets Dave Hanson and Steve and Jeff Carlson.

Boudreau’s involvement within the film didn’t cease at his on-ice appearances.

His Johnstown condominium was used as Newman’s house when director George Roy Hill realized it was the messiest amongst his teammates.

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“(He) got here within the dressing room and stated, ‘Who’s received the sloppiest, messiest condominium within the workforce?’ And all people stood up and pointed to me,” Boudreau stated.

“So I used to be the fortunate one to get the recipient of Paul Newman and the canine sleeping on my mattress.”

Boudreau additionally received to satisfy the movie’s star in what might have been his first try at teaching, when he was requested to show Newman do a slap shot.

“Fairly frankly, he wished me simply to indicate him shoot,” Boudreau stated.

“I went right into a 10-minute diatribe on do one thing. He went, ‘OK, that’s sufficient child.’ It brings again nice recollections.”




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