A year and a half before the movie "Slap Shot" came out, a exhibition game was played in Mankato featuring some players who would go on to fame in the move. The Carlson brothers, two of whom would join the Dave Hanson as the Hanson brothers, played with the Minnesota Fighting Saints and their farm team, the Johnstown Jets, in what amounted to an intrasquad game at what was then known as the Mankato Ice Palace. Descriptions of the event read like a deleted scene from the movie.
I wrote about it in this week's Free Press column, which can be found here.
If any Puckato readers have any memories of the game, I (and other readers, I'm sure) would love to read them. Please post comments below.