• Jon Kohan

How Many Penalty Minutes Do The Hanson Brothers Tally In One Shift?

Updated: Jan 28


Note: Made a correction. Had game misconduct as 20 minutes which was incorrect. It should be 10 minutes. Those adjustments have been corrected.



Slap Shot is a film from the 70’s, 1977 to be exact, that was filmed in Johnstown Pa. It’s a cult classic and features three of the best characters to ever appear on the big silver screen; the Hanson Brothers.


If you haven’t seen the film and want a complete synopsis of the film, here’s one.


Also, if you haven’t seen Slap Shot, stop reading this post right now and do the following:


  1. Bookmark this post so you can read it later.

  2. Go watch Slap Shot. You can find it streaming on Tubi, for free.

  3. Come back to this post.

  4. Continue reading.


Welcome back to those that have completed their first ever reviewing of Slap Shot.


For those who have seen Slap Shot before, maybe it’s been a while since you’ve had a viewing. If that’s the case, let’s watch the short YouTube clip of the scene I’m going to be talking about in this post. The Hanson’s first “shift” with the Charlestown Chiefs.




I was watching this clip again the other day and having a good laugh when I thought to myself, “I wonder how many penalty minutes they would have racked up if the refs actually called a penalty on them at any point in their shift”.


I also thought, “How many of those hits are actually penalties?”.


So, today I’m going to go shot-by-shot, play-by-play, and try to figure out how many penalty minutes the Hanson Brothers would have received in their only shift of the game vs Broom County.


Before we get underway with the breakdown, we are going to follow a few different “rules” to base our decisions and penalty minute totals on.


  1. I’m going to give penalties based on today’s hockey rules.

  2. I’ll give out penalties on any play where there should be a penalty. Sure, the numbers wouldn’t be so high if the ref called the first infraction as the player wouldn’t be on the ice to commit later infractions, but this is a movie...


Okay. I think we’re ready. Let’s have a look at the most epic shift ever in hockey.


The first hit to start this legendary shift was Jack Hanson coming out of nowhere to lay a thunderous hit against the boards and send his foe onto the ice.


Just one issue here. Where’s the puck?


Looks like a pretty clear interference call here.


Jack Hanson - 2:00 Interference


Some may say this was a buttend, and for the story of the film that’s probably what they were going for, but if we act like a ref and call what is actually there, I think it’s just interference.


This next hit features Jeff Hanson looking like a heat-seeking missile as he skates behind the net to give this vicious and unorthodox hit.


As the Broom County player takes the hit he falls to the ice in extreme pain. While the hit is pretty bad, the opposing player does try to duck out of the way, which may be one of the reasons he get’s injured on the play. The other reason, clearly, Jeff taking a charge at him.



I’m dishing out the following for this play:


Jeff Hanson - 2:00 Charging


Up next is a nice two-for-one play, where two out of the three brothers are picking up penalty minutes. This is also one of my favorite sequences in this shift for the Hanson Brothers based on the humorous tomahawk chop delivered by Jeff Hanson at the very end.


First let’s start with the simple call; Steve Hanson hooking. Then there’s the more severe penalty that Jeff Hanson takes. This has to be a major slashing penalty. Hell, you swing a stick like that, there’s definitely an intent to injure. Something that violent also gets you kicked out of the game. So, here’s my breakdown of the minutes incurred here.


Steve Hanson - 2:00 Hooking

Jeff Hanson - 5:00 Slashing

10:00 Misconduct

10:00 Game Misconduct

10:00 Attempty to Injure Game Misconduct.


Here’s a quick call to make. Trippping.

Jack Hanson - 2:00 Tripping


This next play sees a sandwhich bodycheck that knocks down the offensive player to the ice. Said player appears to be 49-years old, but could also be just a weathered 20-year old. Is it just me or did people back in day look much older than they actually were?


Anyways, this is a rare instance where I don’t think this is actually a penalty. The player has the puck, the hit is shoulder to shoulder to shoulder. I think we continue to play here.


Do you agree or am I a typical refere and totally blind? Let me know in the comments if you think this is a penalty and if so, which?



This next hit also gives me the chuckles from the exaggerated movements right before the check. It also reminds me of something Brad Marchand would and has done before with he Boston Bruins.


This is a Clipping penalty for sure, and I’ll just assume that the Broom County player was injured on the play because - who wouldn’t be after a low hit like that.


Jack Hanson - 5:00 Clipping

10:00 Game Misconduct


I see two penalties on this next play. How many do you see?


Let’s go with the minor penalty first.


Goaltender Interference.


The second penalty is a much stiffer one. Even though Steve Hanson doesn’t make contact with he player when he one-hand baseball swings at his head, that doesn’t matter. The intent was there and that’s another Attempt to Injure penalty, the second of the shift.

Steve Hanson - 2:00 Goaltender Interference

10:00 Attempt to Injure Misconduct


The penalty minutes are starting to climb, but let’s not add them up until the very end.





Moving along, we’ve got another situation where the opposing player gets injured and you very well could dish out another intent to injure match penalty on the Chiefs. But I’m going to play a little devils advocate and say that maybe, Jeff was trying to make a drop pass and just messed it up.


If it made the Broom County coach happy, I’d get with my linesmen and talk things over to see if they had a better angle than me. In this scenario they did not. I’m still making a call on this play as you have to be in control of your stick at all times, but this one would only have Jeff sitting in the sin bin for two minutes.


Jeff Hanson - 2:00 Slashing.


Here’s a play that doesn’t involve the other team but instead one of the linesmen. Is this abuse of official?




As the linesman hits the ice he looks around acting as if he’s trying to figure out what happen and not trying to find the player who put him flat on his back. Because it appears that he’s not acting in a way that he feels this was done on purpose, (even though as movie fans we know it was) I’ve got no penalty on the play.


This next battle in the corner sees all three Hanson Brothers teaming up to try and win the puck battle. If this was the NHL playoffs I’m sure this would be a non-call and instead just referred to as a “good battle”. This however isn’t the NHL playoffs, so I’ve got some penalties to hand out.


Here’s the first instance where I think all three brothers have to take a seat in the sin bin and feel shame.


All three should get at least minor roughing penalties but Steve was the aggressor out of the three of them and he also leaves his feet to place a check on number twelve. So with that being said, here’s my calls for the play.


Jack Hanson - 2:00 Roughing

Jeff Hanson - 2:00 Roughing

Steve Hanson - 2:00 Boarding

4:00 Roughing


In real life, you’d never get these many high-sticking penalties on one play, but it is funny to imagine if you did.


The force isn’t strong enough to draw blood with the high-stick so I’m only dishing out minors. In total, I counted eleven guys on the bench. Two of them appear to be trainers so they don’t count. Nine players on the bench. Nine high-sticking penalties.


Steve Hanson - 2:00 High-Sticking x 9


The fans of Broom County are going to boo me for the rest of my life, but here’s where I blow my whistle and call coincidental penalties.

While Jeff Hanson is getting the tripping penalty, I’m sending the Broom County player to the box as well for embellishment. Jeff’s sick is around his feet, but not intirely sure he actually tripped him. Plus, when the player goes down, he goes down like a baseball player sliding into third base, from the BLUE LINE TO THE CORNER. What an acting job. Think about that performance for the next two minutes.


Jeff Hanson - 2:00 Tripping

Broom County Player - 2:00 Embellishment


Here’s a memorible moment from the film.



That’s a Slap Shot from his own defensive zone where the puck goes directly into the stands. Ladies and Gentlemen, that’s a delay of game penalty.


Also, take a look behind the the action. We’ve got two players tied up with each other. Could be roughing penalties. Could be unsportsmanlike conduct. Hard to say who’s the aggressor and they do break themselves up on their own without referre intervention, so I’ll let them go.


Steve Hanson - 2:00 Delay of Game


We‘ve come to the end of the shift and what a perfect way to end things. LINE BRAWL!



When it comes to calling this one, it’s pretty easy. Steve kicks this all off so he’s gotta get the instagator penalty and everything that goes with it.


Jeff is buzzing all around the ice sucker punching guys so he probably needs a match penalty.


Everyone else gets fighting and misconduct penalties.


The ref in the film is right when he tosses the brothers from the game, but he should be throwing out everyone else currently on the ice. No worries I’ll do just that.


Jeff Hanson - 5:00 Fighting

10:00 Game Misconduct


Steve Hanson - 2:00 Instagating

5:00 Fighting

10:00 Game Misconduct


Jack Hanson - 5:00 Fighting

10:00 Game Misconduct

10:00 Attempt to Injure Match Misconduct


Billy Charlebois - 5:00 Fighting

10:00 Game Misconduct


Jim Ahern - 5:00 Fighting

10:00 Game Misconduct


All five players, and one goalie, for Broom County would also get 5:00 for fighting. The goalie plus four skaters would get 10:00 Game Misconduct. The only player that wouldn’t get a game misconduct is the Broom County Player that fought Steve as that was the initial fight and the game misconducts are for all the additional fights.



 

It’s that time to now count up the penalties and see what our totals are and who collected the most penalty minutes.


First, Broom County. Their total amount of penalties from this one shift should have been: 77 minutes.


Charlestown total amount of penalties from the Hanson Brother’s first shift with the team should have been: 189


Brothers Penalty Minute Leaders


Jeff - 58 Minutes

Steve - 55 Minutes

Jack - 46 Minutes


Now it’s your turn. What calls would you make? Let me know in the comments with your choices and if you agree with my summary or think I’d make a terrible ref.






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