On acting with Newman and hockey players: “That set was so comfortable between the actors and the hockey players. We had all gone to hockey practice, we had all played for many years. It was second nature. The acting, I had studied for years and had gone to college for it.
“While I was in college studying acting, I played hockey. It was taking some of the things I did best and putting them together. I wasn’t the only one. Everybody else was like that.
“It was not intimidating. It could have been intimidating, but Paul Newman was such a good guy, Strother Martin was such a good guy.”
Character: Long Island Ducks goaltender Tommy Hanrahan
On an impromptu college reunion: “I grew up in New England and I played pond hockey. I went to the University of New Hampshire with (“Slap Shot” actor) Mike Ontkean. He used to watch me do plays in the Theater Deptartment and I used to watch him play.”
Character: Presidents forward Nick Brophy
On getting wet in the infamous boarding scene: “That’s 30 years ago. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for people like us who never get that opportunity. The scene – you just tried to let it happen. The boarding scene, we did it 13 times before they picked what they needed. The real big part was when I got rammed into the boards and came off the boards crossing my legs like I peed my pants.”
Character: Chiefs captain Johnny Upton
On saying good-bye to Johnstown: “I got to know a lot of the people in Johnstown. We had created kind of a mini “Slap Shot” society and we formed bonds with a lot of the citizens there.
“It was a celebration of a style of hockey and some hockey renegades, but also was a celebration of small-town minor league hockey. I remember when we left town, we left in a bus. People were standing outside the hotel and waving good-bye. It was a nice little send off. On those little signs at the hotel it said, ‘Good bye Slap Shot.’”