Grab your favorite beer -- or non-alcoholic beverage for the underage readers out there -- and gather 'round. Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel has a tale to tell.
On Thursday night, his Jets host the Washington Capitals. It's the first time they have met since the Jets moved to Winnipeg and Noel became the head coach. Considering Noel and Caps coach Bruce Boudreau go way, way back, a reporter asked Noel about his relationship with Boudreau.
The answer he gave twisted into a great retelling of some of Noel's experiences in minor-league hockey, specifically playing against the Johnstown Jets. That's the team better known as the real-life Charlestown Chiefs.
So if you're a fan of Slap Shot -- and chances are if you are reading this, you consider that movie to be the basis of the real Hanson brothers, not some bad band or even dressed as the Hanson brothers for Halloween -- you will love this interview. It is a little long -- six minutes -- but it's a great tale of days gone by and worth listening to.
So Noel didn't have to even go see the movie, he lived it.
Noel also mentions that he has a lot of these types of stories he could tell. Must be great to be one of his grandkids.