The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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February 25, 2007

Snapshots from Slap Shot

Thirty years later, players and actors who appeared in “Slap Shot” recall their time in Johnstown as if it happened this hockey season.

They now work and live in places such as New York City, Pittsburgh, Quebec, Kenosha, Wisc., Burlington, Vt., and Tillsonburg, Ontario.

But for one season in the movies, they were a part of Johnstown.

Here are their stories – tidbits to ponder the next time you pop “Slap Shot” in the VCR or DVD player:



Andrew Duncan

Character: Charlestown Chiefs broadcaster Jim Carr

On a bad hair day: “I remember watching the local sportscaster in Johnstown and studying him. That was the guy I was playing. When I went for the wig, (director) George Roy Hill said, ‘I don’t care what you get, just get something outrageous.’

“I went to Glosser’s and went to the wig department. The stylist started showing me wigs that made it look like you didn’t have a wig. I said, ‘No.’ Then I saw one she pushed aside and I said, ‘That’s the one.’ I stuck it on my head and looked in the mirror and started laughing. George looked at me and started laughing. He said, ‘If you dare, I dare.’ ”



Yvon Barrette

Character: Denis Lemieux

On how he landed the role of the likeable Chiefs goalie: “I played hockey for fun as an amateur, but I am an actor (not a hockey player). I had to audition in Montreal. There was something like five other people. They were looking for a short French Canadian.

“We had a lot of fun doing that. The character was funny. It was fantastic for a young actor, 29, to work with an actor like Paul Newman and a great director like George Roy Hill.”



Paul D’Amato

Character: Tim “Dr. Hook” McCracken

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