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‘Huddle Up with Gus’: Dave Hanson goes behind the scenes of filming ‘Slap Shot’

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Dave Hanson during the movie "Slap Shot."

Dave Hanson of “Slap Shot” fame wasn’t a shoo-in to play hockey.

“I thought I was moving on to play collegiate football,” Hanson told Gus Frerotte and Dave Hager during this week’s “Huddle Up with Gus” podcast. “I had a couple opportunities to go on and play collegiate football.”

An ankle injury while playing baseball, however, derailed those plans.

Herb Brooks — who later coached the 1980 U.S. team to the Olympic gold medal and served in various capacities with the Penguins — recruited Hanson as coach at the University of Minnesota. Hanson, who grew up in Minnesota, jumped at the chance.

“To play for Herbie Brooks and play for the Gophers is a kid’s dream in Minnesota,” Hanson said.

Listen to the entire podcast below.

LISTEN: “Huddle Up with Gus” Episode 10 – Dave Hanson

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