Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Carlson
Steve, Jack, and Jeff Carlson, the three brothers who were signed as a hulking forward line for Johnstown in 1974, inspired the hockey action flick Slap Shot, starring, more importantly, Paul Newman.

Jeff never made it to the NHL, but Steve played most of one full season with Los Angeles. He swore he fought only because his brothers made it impossible not to, but he did a pretty fair impression of a pugilist in the movie. Which became a cult classic and inspired a group of Canadians many years later to try to get the "Hansen brothers" into the Hockey Hall of Fame, such were their contributions to the game's popularity.

He went on to play a number of years in the WHA, and can even boast to have centered Gordie and Mark Howe in New England in 1977-78 and to have been a teammate of Wayne Gretzky in 1978-79, the last year of the WHA. He went on to become a playing assistant coach with Baltimore in the AHL, and though has been asked many times over by Universal Pictures to reprise his acting career, he has demurred until just this past year when the making of Slapshot II began.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Marquette Iron Rangers USHL 42 34 45 79 77 12 4 4 8 5
1974-75 Johnstown Jets NAPro 70 30 58 88 84 12 6 4 10
1975-76 Johnstown Jets NAPro 40 22 24 46 55 9 4 5 9 6
1975-76 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 10 0 1 1 23
1976-77 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 21 5 8 13 8
1976-77 New England Whalers WHA 31 4 9 13 40 5 0 0 0 9
1977-78 Springfield Indians AHL 37 21 15 36 48
1977-78 New England Whalers WHA 38 6 7 13 11 13 2 7 9 2
1978-79 Edmonton Oilers WHA 73 18 22 40 50 11 1 1 2 12
1979-80 Los Angeles Kings NHL 52 9 12 21 23 -7 4 1 1 2 7
1980-81 Houston Apollos CHL 27 13 21 34 29
1980-81 Springfield Indians AHL 32 10 14 24 44 7 2 2 4 39
1981-82 Nashville South Stars CHL 59 23 39 62 63
1982-83 Birmingham South Stars CHL 69 25 42 67 73 9 1 4 5 4
1983-84 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 63 9 30 39 70 10 7 3 10 8
1984-85 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 76 18 29 47 69 15 2 6 8 4
1985-86 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 66 9 27 36 56
1986-87 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 67 12 13 25 32
NHL Totals 52 9 12 21 23 4 1 1 2 7


Brother of Jack
USHL First All-Star Team (1974)
Selected by Minnesota (WHA) in 1974 WHA Amateur Draft, June, 1974. Signed as a free agent by New England (WHA) after Minnesota (WHA) franchise folded, May, 1976. Claimed by Florida-Minnesota (WHA) from New England (WHA) in 1976 WHA Intra-League Draft, June, 1976. Traded to Edmonton (WHA) by Minnesota (WHA) with Mike Antonovich, Bill Butters, Dave Keon, Jack Carlson, Jean-Louis Levasseur and John McKenzie fror cash, January, 1977. Traded to New England (WHA) by Edmonton (WHA) with Dave Keon, Jack Carlson, Dave Dryden and John McKenzie for future considerations (Dave Debol, June, 1977), Dan Arndt and cash, January, 1977. Claimed on waivers by Edmonton (WHA) from New England (WHA), May, 1978. NHL rights traded to Los Angeles by Detroit for Steve Short, December 6, 1978. Reclaimed by Los Angeles from Edmonton prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, August 9, 1982. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, August 15, 1983.