SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- The movie "Slap Shot" was made over 30 years ago, but hockey fans have never stopped quoting lines from it. Paul Newman got top billing, but the real stars were the notorious Hanson brothers. The Hanson's will be "putting on the foil" for the Sioux City Musketeers on Saturday night.
Now in their 50's, the "boys" were introduced by Muskie head coach Luke Strand, with their trademark black glasses and Charlestown Chiefs jerseys from the movie.
The brothers will be signing autographs after the first period Saturday and will mingle with the crowd for the final two periods.
In real life, the Hanson's played minor league hockey at the old Sioux City Auditorium, when it was a much rougher game.
"There were a lot of fights," said Steve Hanson. "The game has totally changed from when we played and what it is now. It's more skilled skating, passing, shooting. You're going to get your fight every once in a while but it's all skill now."
The Hanson's joked that their playing days might not be over.
"That's why we feel we can still play because we have the skill to play this game," said Steve.
The Hanson's be on the ice before Saturday's game with Tri-City, so fans are encouraged to get there at least 15 minutes before the 7:05 start. The first 500 fans will receive the Hanson's black-rimmed glasses.
There will be a dinner before the game with the guys, with the proceeds going to the Stephen Noel Memorial fund that provides scholarships to local high school students.
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