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THE BROOME DUSTERS FAMOUS BRAWL INSPIRED FIGHT SCENE IN THE MOVIE SLAPSHOT

Called “The 4-Hour War” by the Evening Press, it is a game forgotten in modern hockey record books but immortalized forever in the 1977 film, “Slap Shot.” The 192 penalty minutes piled up by the Broome Dusters and Syracuse Blazers in front of a sellout crowd at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Jan. 15, 1975 — a then-North American Hockey League record — only tell half the story.

According to the scribings of then-beat reporter and former Press & Sun-Bulletin sports editor Charlie Jaworski, a first-period skirmish led to 10 fighting majors, six 10 minute majors and four game misconducts. But that was just the dessert — the main course was served before the game even started. Fueled by Blazers forward Gary Sittler’s cheap shot a week earlier on Dusters goalie Roger Kosar, who was already playing with a broken jaw, Broome was looking for revenge.

After some trash talking by the Dusters to Sittler during warmups, Broome’s Billy Gratton charged across the red line and the fight was on.
Not helping matters was the appearance in the stands of legendary goon Bill Goldthorpe, who last played for the Blazers and was the inspiration for the infamous “Slap Shot”character, Ogie Ogilthorpe. Goldthorpe, known for his blonde afro, eventually jumped onto the ice in civilian clothes to attack the Dusters.

Jaworski wrote: “There were times when (Goldthorpe) brandished a stick, and it’s not clear whether the gash he opened up over (center) Bernie MacNeil’s right eye was inflicted by fist or stick. Duster general manager Ron Orr traded punches with Goldthorpe as president Jim Matthews was out on the ice, and many of the game’s minor officials, along with coaches, trainers, players and everyone but a referee. But a pre-game incident was out of ref Brendan Watson’s jurisdiction.”

Ten of Binghamton’s finest were called to the arena to help restore order and several helped escort Goldthorpe out of the building. “Press photographer Dave Tinney said Goldthorpe shouted obscenities at him as he took his picture,” Jaworski writes. “A paddy-wagon was outside the arena, but Goldthorpe reportedly left in a white automobile.”

NAHL commissioner Bob Dextraze fined the Dusters $500 and the Blazers $250, and declared a ban on the presence of Goldthorpe in an NAHL arena — the ban did not last long because Goldthorpe suited up for the Dusters the next season. If the pregame festivities were subject to discipline, it would have likely rivaled the most penalized National Hockey League game (419 minutes in March 2004 between Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators).

NAHL commissioner Bob Dextraze fined the Dusters $500 and the Blazers $250, and declared a ban on the presence of Goldthorpe in an NAHL arena — the ban did not last long because Goldthorpe suited up for the Dusters the next season. If the pregame festivities were subject to discipline, it would have likely rivaled the most penalized National Hockey League game (419 minutes in March 2004 between Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators).

Once things settled down, it was only a matter of time until the teams exploded again in the aforementioned first-period brawl. “For the first eight minutes, it was like feeling the earth tremor, waiting for the volcano to erupt,” Jaworski wrote. The scuffle amounted in 158 penalty minutes, including a game-high 34 for MacNeil, who later in the season was suspended indefinitely for striking a referee with a stick.

After 182 penalty minutes in the first period, the rest of the game was strangely calm. The Dusters ended up winning on Walter Johnson’s goal with 1:18 remaining. 

Colorful rookie coach Wayne Clairmont was proud of his Dusters for sticking up for Kosar in both brawls: “For management it’s a personal satisfaction. The whole Duster organization has taken it on the chin from this team for a long time ... Sittler only got half of what’s coming to him.”

The two teams met again five days later but only combined for 38 penalty minutes in a 5-3 Syracuse victory.

Another dustup re-created in “Slap Shot”was a confrontation between Dusters veteran Ted McCaskill and Johnstown Jets forward Jack Carlson — whose two brothers, Steve and Jeff, were also on the Jets and appeared in “Slap Shot” as the infamous Hanson brothers. Jack could not be in the movie because he was recalled to the Edmonton Oilers prior to filming.

The scene in the movie shows two players exchanging swipes with their sticks turned down. In real life, McCaskill won the battle with a whack at Carlson’s face in a Feb. 2 game in Binghamton.

“If I could have, I would have decapitated him,” McCaskill told Jaworski after the game. “This is my last year in hockey, and I don’t care if I get a life suspension, but I’m going to take someone with me, too.”

All three Carlson brothers were famous for their goonish ways and hated by opposing teams. Said Clairmont: “Together they’re tough, but separate they’re like three little rats.”

(Written by Matt Weinstein from pressconnects.com)

The Legendary Bill Goldthorpe

Bill Goldthorpe, known as the Thunder Bay Mauler, did not get his nickname because he was a proficient scorer.
One of the legendary goons of the North American Hockey League in the 1970s (and the inspiration for the character Ogie Ogilthorpe in the movie "Slap Shot"), Goldthorpe played 19 games for the Broome Dusters in 1975-76.

But his greatest Binghamton hockey moment came the year before, in January 1975, when watching the Dusters play the Syracuse Blazers, his current team, from the stands of the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.During warmups, Goldthorpe jumped over the glass and challenged Dusters defenseman Gary Jaquith to a fight, sparking an epic brawl.

According to the "Making of Slap Shot" by Jonathon Jackson, at one point Dusters manager Ron Orr, brother of the legendary defenseman Bobby Orr, raced across the ice and sucker punched Goldthorpe, who was busy with someone else.
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Broome Dusters
1973-74 Broome Dusters Statistics
North American Hockey League (NAHL)
Team Record: 28-41-5-0-0 - 61 points in the NAHL

1973-74 Broome Dusters Roster

The Broome Dusters of the North American Hockey League ended the 1973-74 season with a record of 28 wins, 41 losses and 5 ties for 61 points, in the NAHL. Wayne Kitchingman coached the team.
Scoring:
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- G/GP A/GP Pts/GP
Rod Bloomfield D 73 46 73 119 157 0.63 1.00 1.63
Frank Hamill F 74 33 52 85 93 0.45 0.70 1.15
Bob Channell C 62 18 48 66 30 0.29 0.77 1.06
Colin Wood D 72 30 27 57 37 0.42 0.38 0.79
Richie Bayes LW 53 17 31 48 23 0.32 0.58 0.91
Randy MacGregor RW 73 16 28 44 137 0.22 0.38 0.60
Scott Hudson G 59 22 17 39 65 0.37 0.29 0.66
Norm Martel D 74 7 27 34 52 0.09 0.36 0.46
Jerry Butler RW 33 6 25 31 9 0.18 0.76 0.94
Ed James RW 28 19 8 27 15 0.68 0.29 0.96
Ron Romanyk RW 37 9 16 25 6 0.24 0.43 0.68
Ron Bobbette C 43 5 17 22 28 0.12 0.40 0.51
Wayne Hawrysh C 18 7 9 16 34 0.39 0.50 0.89
Dale McBain D 32 3 12 15 70 0.09 0.38 0.47
Doug Keeler D 23 7 7 14 7 0.30 0.30 0.61
Mark Weinstein C 21 4 9 13 14 0.19 0.43 0.62
Paul Brown F 32 7 5 12 70 0.22 0.16 0.38
Max Hansen LW 44 1 11 12 84 0.02 0.25 0.27
Bill Gratton LW 14 4 7 11 11 0.29 0.50 0.79
Jerry Fortier 17 3 7 10 11 0.18 0.41 0.59
John Donnelly D 30 2 7 9 26 0.07 0.23 0.30
John Cowan 21 2 5 7 30 0.10 0.24 0.33
Don O'Donoghue RW 17 2 5 7 13 0.12 0.29 0.41
Dick Cloutier 32 1 4 5 99 0.03 0.13 0.16
Mike Sheehan RW 13 2 3 5 0 0.15 0.23 0.38
Ken Tyler 16 0 4 4 65 0.25 0.25
Don Craig 9 0 2 2 24 0.22 0.22
Dave Balon LW 7 0 1 1 0 0.14 0.14
Ken Miller F 2 0 1 1 0 0.50 0.50
Pete Ripley 4 0 1 1 0 0.25 0.25
Jacques Royer LW 3 1 0 1 4 0.33 0.33
Keith Pallett C 19 0 1 1 2 0.05 0.05
Rick Lemay D 15 0 1 1 6 0.07 0.07
Jim Ivison D 10 0 1 1 14 0.10 0.10
Russ Audycki C 1 0 1 1 0 1.00 1.00
Glen Cickello D 13 0 1 1 29 0.08 0.08
Tony Herlick D 5 0 1 1 2 0.20 0.20
Roger Kosar D 41 0 1 1 17 0.02 0.02
Jean-Claude Brodeur G 1 0 1 1 0 1.00 1.00
Colin Gordon RW 1 0 0 0 0
Jim Douglas G 5 0 0 0 0
Laurie Greigan 1 0 0 0 12
Jerry Trooien LW 3 0 0 0 0
Jim Setters D 3 0 0 0 0
Jim Blastorah 9 0 0 0 9
Roch Martin G 5 0 0 0 0
Totals 1168 274 477 751 1305 0 6.49 14.27 20.76
Goaltenders:
Player GP Min W L T/OL ENG SHO GA SA SV SV% GAA
Roch Martin 5 238 0 0 25 6.30
Keith Pallett 18 924 0 0 75 4.87
Rick Lemay 13 591 0 0 55 5.58
Roger Kosar 43 2457 4 0 163 3.98
Jim Douglas 5 218 1 0 21 5.78
Jean-Claude Brodeur 1 40 0 0 6 9.00
Totals 85 4468 0 0 0 5 0 345 0 0 .000 4.63
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Broome Dusters
1974-75 Broome Dusters Statistics
North American Hockey League (NAHL)
Team Record: 39-32-3-0-0 - 81 points in the NAHL

Lost League Championship
1974-75 Broome Dusters Roster

The Broome Dusters of the North American Hockey League ended the 1974-75 season with a record of 39 wins, 32 losses and 3 ties for 81 points, in the NAHL. Wayne Clairmont coached the team.
Scoring:

Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- G/GP A/GP Pts/GP
Rod Bloomfield D 68 55 54 109 85 0.81 0.79 1.60
Randy MacGregor RW 73 23 48 71 154 0.32 0.66 0.97
Ken Davidson C 74 31 36 67 26 0.42 0.49 0.91
Ken Gratton F 64 27 40 67 16 0.42 0.63 1.05
Scott Hudson G 70 26 27 53 52 0.37 0.39 0.76
Frank Hamill F 72 17 27 44 19 0.24 0.38 0.61
Bill Gratton LW 70 23 20 43 62 0.33 0.29 0.61
Walter Johnson RW 69 23 20 43 25 0.33 0.29 0.62
Neil Clairmont LW 70 4 35 39 94 0.06 0.50 0.56
Paul Brown F 71 7 30 37 182 0.10 0.42 0.52
Ted McCaskill C 40 14 20 34 77 0.35 0.50 0.85
Ron Boehm LW 39 9 23 32 61 0.23 0.59 0.82
Bernie MacNeil LW 53 12 20 32 145 0.23 0.38 0.60
Gary Jacquith D 61 8 22 30 109 0.13 0.36 0.49
John Donnelly D 44 4 20 24 39 0.09 0.45 0.55
Roy Carmichael D 44 1 20 21 75 0.02 0.45 0.48
Dale McBain D 52 2 18 20 93 0.04 0.35 0.38
Wayne Morusyk D 26 2 5 7 4 0.08 0.19 0.27
Steve Langdon LW 1 3 1 4 0 3.00 1.00 4.00
Steve Stirling 7 1 3 4 0 0.14 0.43 0.57
Rick Lemay D 42 0 1 1 14 0.02 0.02
Max Hansen LW 11 0 1 1 22 0.09 0.09
Wayne Clairmont C 2 0 1 1 2 0.50 0.50
J.P. Burgoyne 4 0 1 1 4 0.25 0.25
Roger Kosar D 33 0 1 1 14 0.03 0.03
Peter Dunbar LW 5 1 0 1 8 0.20 0.20
John Lunn 1 0 0 0 0
Bench 74 0 0 0 14
Peter Crosbie G 5 0 0 0 0
Ken Broderick G 2 0 0 0 0
Totals 1247 293 494 787 1396 0 7.91 10.43 18.31
Goaltenders:
Player GP Min W L T/OL ENG SHO GA SA SV SV% GAA
Rick Lemay 42 2343 22 16 0 1 0 141 3.61
Roger Kosar 33 1820 15 13 3 0 1 118 3.89
Peter Crosbie 5 205 2 1 0 0 0 16 4.68
Ken Broderick 2 120 0 2 0 0 0 10 5.00
Totals 82 4488 39 32 3 1 1 285 0 0 .000 3.81

Postseason - Scoring:

Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- G/GP A/GP Pts/GP
Rod Bloomfield D 15 10 9 19 18 0 0.67 0.60 1.27
Ted McCaskill C 15 3 10 13 27 0 0.20 0.67 0.87
Ken Davidson C 15 5 8 13 6 0 0.33 0.53 0.87
Walter Johnson RW 15 2 7 9 2 0 0.13 0.47 0.60
Randy MacGregor RW 15 2 7 9 40 0 0.13 0.47 0.60
Bernie MacNeil LW 14 5 4 9 55 0 0.36 0.29 0.64
Frank Hamill F 10 5 3 8 2 0 0.50 0.30 0.80
John Donnelly D 12 3 5 8 17 0 0.25 0.42 0.67
Ron Boehm LW 15 3 4 7 4 0 0.20 0.27 0.47
Bill Gratton LW 15 4 2 6 25 0 0.27 0.13 0.40
Paul Brown F 15 1 5 6 47 0 0.07 0.33 0.40
Neil Clairmont LW 15 4 2 6 14 0 0.27 0.13 0.40
Roy Carmichael D 15 0 5 5 36 0 0.33 0.33
Dale McBain D 15 1 3 4 14 0 0.07 0.20 0.27
Gary Jacquith D 13 0 3 3 31 0 0.23 0.23
Scott Hudson G 8 1 2 3 4 0 0.13 0.25 0.38
Roger Kosar D 5 0 0 0 0 0
Peter Crosbie G 1 0 0 0 0 0
Bench 15 0 0 0 2 0
Rick Lemay D 11 0 0 0 4 0
Totals 254 49 79 128 348 0 3.58 5.62 9.2
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1975-76 Broome Dusters Statistics
North American Hockey League (NAHL)
Team Record: 27-45-2-0-0 - 56 points in the NAHL's West Division
Coach: Wayne Clairmont (10-21-1)
Coach: Larry Kish (17-24-1)

1975-76 Broome Dusters Roster
The Broome Dusters of the North American Hockey League ended the 1975-76 season with a record of 27 wins, 45 losses and 2 ties for 56 points, in the NAHL's West Division. 


Scoring:

Player             Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- G/GP A/GP Pts/GP
Rod Bloomfield D 74 37 59 96 85 0.50 0.80 1.30
Steve Stirling 63 24 42 66 35 0.38 0.67 1.05
Rob Walton C 34 13 28 41 34 0.38 0.82 1.21
Ken Gratton F 53 21 20 41 36 0.40 0.38 0.77
Ken Davidson C 56 16 22 38 30 0.29 0.39 0.68
Larry Mavety D 31 14 22 36 50 0.45 0.71 1.16
Peter Sturgeon LW 67 18 15 33 62 0.27 0.22 0.49
John Danby C 34 9 23 32 19 0.26 0.68 0.94
Del Iannone RW 39 13 17 30 16 0.33 0.44 0.77
Bill Gratton LW 52 15 15 30 80 0.29 0.29 0.58
Kelly Secord F 34 9 16 25 34 0.26 0.47 0.74
Gary Jacquith D 58 2 19 21 144 0.03 0.33 0.36
Neil Clairmont LW 45 9 12 21 37 0.20 0.27 0.47
Billy Orr D 27 6 14 20 14 0.22 0.52 0.74
Randy MacGregor RW 43 9 10 19 84 0.21 0.23 0.44
Bill Goldthorpe LW 19 9 8 17 156 0.47 0.42 0.89
Wayne Clairmont C 28 6 11 17 4 0.21 0.39 0.61
Brian Erickson F 42 2 13 15 42 0.05 0.31 0.36
Paul Laplante D 24 0 12 12 77 0.50 0.50
Don Craig 27 0 10 10 61 0.37 0.37
Barry Brooks C 17 4 5 9 17 0.24 0.29 0.53
Bob McManama C 5 3 5 8 0 0.60 1.00 1.60
Paul Stewart D 46 3 4 7 273 0.07 0.09 0.15
Cam Fryer D 7 4 2 6 2 0.57 0.29 0.86
Jamie Bateman LW 8 0 5 5 41 0.63 0.63
Bob Charlebois LW 5 0 5 5 0 1.00 1.00
Denis Daigle C 9 3 2 5 2 0.33 0.22 0.56
Rich Hart D 25 2 3 5 83 0.08 0.12 0.20
Marty Gateman D 19 1 4 5 17 0.05 0.21 0.26
Frank Hamill F 7 2 2 4 16 0.29 0.29 0.57
Bill Cheropita G 12 0 3 3 6 0.25 0.25
Baine Donovan D 11 0 3 3 13 0.27 0.27
Ed Pizunski RW 13 1 2 3 90 0.08 0.15 0.23
Rick Adduono C 2 2 0 2 0 1.00 1.00
Craig MacPherson RW 6 1 1 2 7 0.17 0.17 0.33
Bob Blanchet G 31 0 1 1 4 0.03 0.03
Jim Pettie G 5 0 1 1 2 0.20 0.20
Steve Langdon LW 2 0 1 1 0 0.50 0.50
Rick Lalonde D 9 0 1 1 9 0.11 0.11
Bench 74 0 0 0 28
Rick Lemay D 12 0 0 0 2
Cap Raeder G 21 0 0 0 0
Hugh Prentice LW 4 0 0 0 12
Mike O'Hearn D 6 0 0 0 9
Totals 1206 258 438 696 1733 0 8.68 15.03 23.71


Goaltenders:

Player GP Min W L T/OL ENG SHO GA SA SV SV% GAA
Bob Blanchet 31 1765 10 16 1 4 0 128 4.35
Cap Raeder 21 1184 7 12 1 1 86 4.36
Bill Cheropita 12 591 6 5 0 1 2 37 3.76
Rick Lemay 12 694 2 9 0 1 0 60 5.19
Jim Pettie 5 260 2 3 0 3 1 16 3.69
Totals 81 4494 27 45 2 10 3 327 0 0 .000 4.37
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1976-77 Broome Dusters Statistics
North American Hockey League (NAHL)
Team Record: 41-31-2-0-0 - 84 points in the NAHL
Lost in 2nd Round
Coach: Larry Kish (41-31-2)

1976-77 Broome Dusters Roster

The Broome Dusters of the North American Hockey League ended the 1976-77 season with a record of 41 wins, 31 losses and 2 ties for 84 points, in the NAHL.


Scoring:

Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- G/GP A/GP Pts/GP
Rod Bloomfield D 73 49 124 173 90 0.67 1.70 2.37
Pierre Laganiere RW 74 48 79 127 21 0.65 1.07 1.72
Dave Staffen F 74 87 40 127 100 1.18 0.54 1.72
Gerry Methe D 65 23 45 68 105 0.35 0.69 1.05
Larry Mavety D 59 16 51 67 83 0.27 0.86 1.14
Rick Pagnutti D 68 8 44 52 50 0.12 0.65 0.76
Joe Hardy C 28 22 28 50 19 0.79 1.00 1.79
Randy MacGregor RW 71 21 26 47 128 0.30 0.37 0.66
Dave Walter C 64 20 25 45 28 0.31 0.39 0.70
John Raynak 59 18 23 41 27 0.31 0.39 0.69
Billy Orr D 71 6 35 41 43 0.08 0.49 0.58
Ken Davidson C 57 12 19 31 50 0.21 0.33 0.54
Neil Clairmont LW 55 6 20 26 36 0.11 0.36 0.47
Gary Jacquith D 72 11 14 25 128 0.15 0.19 0.35
Archie King F 33 10 13 23 31 0.30 0.39 0.70
Paul Stewart D 60 4 13 17 232 0.07 0.22 0.28
Jim Troy RW 24 1 12 13 43 0.04 0.50 0.54
Ken Holland G 48 0 5 5 6 0.10 0.10
Bob Sneddon G 16 0 2 2 0 0.13 0.13
Dale Smedsmo LW 2 1 1 2 2 0.50 0.50 1.00
Clayton Pachal C 1 0 0 0 0
Bob Johnson G 5 0 0 0 2
Steve Rexe G 6 0 0 0 0
Bench 74 0 0 0 10
Paul Hoganson G 8 0 0 0 0
Totals 1167 363 619 982 1234 0 6.41 10.87 17.29


Goaltenders:

Player GP Min W L T/OL ENG SHO GA SA SV SV% GAA
Ken Holland 48 2620 29 14 0 2 165 1169 1004 .859 3.78
Bob Sneddon 16 901 8 6 1 2 68 402 334 .831 4.53
Paul Hoganson 8 440 3 4 0 1 37 192 155 .807 5.05
Steve Rexe 6 254 1 4 0 0 23 144 121 .840 5.43
Bob Johnson 5 276 3 1 0 22 124 102 .823 4.78
Totals 83 4491 41 31 2 5 0 315 2031 1716 .845 4.21

Postseason - Scoring:

Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- G/GP A/GP Pts/GP
Pierre Laganiere RW 10 9 7 16 9 0 0.90 0.70 1.60
Dave Walter C 10 4 8 12 2 0 0.40 0.80 1.20
Dave Staffen F 10 6 5 11 4 0 0.60 0.50 1.10
Gerry Methe D 10 4 6 10 19 0 0.40 0.60 1.00
Joe Hardy C 8 2 8 10 6 0 0.25 1.00 1.25
Larry Mavety D 10 1 9 10 4 0 0.10 0.90 1.00
Ken Davidson C 10 3 5 8 14 0 0.30 0.50 0.80
Rod Bloomfield D 10 2 6 8 4 0 0.20 0.60 0.80
Rick Pagnutti D 10 2 4 6 5 0 0.20 0.40 0.60
Randy MacGregor RW 6 2 4 6 31 0 0.33 0.67 1.00
Neil Clairmont LW 3 0 4 4 6 0 1.33 1.33
Billy Orr D 10 2 2 4 10 0 0.20 0.20 0.40
Archie King F 10 2 1 3 17 0 0.20 0.10 0.30
Paul Stewart D 10 1 1 2 35 0 0.10 0.10 0.20
Gary Jacquith D 8 1 1 2 0 0 0.13 0.13 0.25
Jim Troy RW 10 0 1 1 32 0 0.10 0.10
Steve Rexe G 5 0 1 1 2 0 0.20 0.20
Ken Holland G 6 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 156 41 73 114 200 0 4.31 8.83 13.13


Postseason - Goaltenders:

Player GP Min W L T/OL ENG SHO GA SA SV SV% GAA
Ken Holland 6 320 0 0 0 0 0 22 0 4.13
Totals 6 320 0 0 0 0 0 22 0 0 .000 4.1


Broome Dusters vintage hockey jersey                                                                      $195.00

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