The Bruins held Slap Shot Night tonight at the TD Banknorth Garden to honor what’s widely regarded as the best hockey movie ever. And the Hanson Bros. own Steve Carlson was in the house for the festivities. Before the game, he recalled the one season (1987-88) that he was an assistant coach with the Baltimore Skipjacks of the American Hockey League and Bruins head coach Claude Julien was a player on the squad.
“Thank God I only had him for one year,” said Carlson with his tongue firmly in his cheek. “What’s good about coaching Claude is, if we needed an extra pilon, we just let him out there.”
“Claude was a good hockey player, a hard-working hockey player. But I’m glad I only had him for one year. Thanks God he’s telling his players, ‘Do as I say not as I did’ because they’d be walking around him all night.”
Earlier, Carlson had some serious praise for his former pupil’s job with the Bruins.
“When you have four lines that work hard, play the system, you don’t have to worry about nothing because you can outwork the other team. Man for man, Boston doesn’t have the best team in the league. But I guarantee you, they’re going to be one of the hardest working teams in the league. And that’s what’s going to get them over the top.”