Why 'Slap Shot' captures the 1970s better than any other sports movie

Ontkean, who had been a star Right Wing at the University of New Hampshire, was perfect for the role of the former college star who wants to play clean, "old time hockey," but Hill also upped the verisimilitude factor by hiring actual hockey players guys who could not only skate and handle a stick, but could also be shown removing their dentures before hitting the rink.


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