The Hanson Brothers are fictional characters in the 1977 movie Slap Shot. The characters are based on three brothers who were actual hockey players; two of them starred in the film.
The movie, which stars Paul Newman, was written by Nancy Dowd. The story was based in part upon the experiences of her brother, Ned Dowd (who appears in the film as notorious hockey player Ogie Ogelthorpe), when he played for the North American Hockey League club in Pennsylvania called the Johnstown Jets.
The Hanson Brothers provide several humorous moments in the film and are best remembered for starting fights, interrupting the coach in the locker room during pre-game speeches with overzealous shouting
wearing extremely thick glasses, and for playing with toy cars and trucks in their hotel room although the brothers range in age from 18 to 20.
In the film, the Hansons are brought in by the front office as part of an inexpensive deal, also as enforcers for the flagging Charlestown Chiefs during their 1976 (and final) season in the Federal league. They are in order of their numbers:
Jack Hanson (portrayed by David Hanson) – #16 Left Wing
Steve Hanson (portrayed by Steve Carlson) – #17 Center
Jeff Hanson (portrayed by Jeff Carlson) – #18 Right Wing