Keith Primeau was born in Whitby, Ontario. Primeau played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers. He was captain of the Philadelphia Flyers until his fourth documented concussion forced him into retirement. He is not only a co-founder and the key to StopConcussions, he also helped author the book, “CONCUSSED”.
Cayden Primeau, son of Keith, is a 7th round draft pick by the Montreal Canadiens in 2017. Prior to his draft year he played in two seasons for the Northeastern University Huskies, being named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team, the All-Hockey East First Team twice, and an AHCA East First Team All-American. The Montreal Canadiens signed Primeau to a contract before the 2019 season and spent most of the year with the Canadiens farm team, the Laval Rocket, posting a 2.45 Goals Against Average and a .908 Save %. He also made two appearances for the Canadiens the same year, going 1-1. Primeau started this season with the Rocket, but has been called up in the absence of Carey Price.
Jarome Iginla has had an illustrious career in the NHL that spanned 22 years. Iginla broke into the NHL at the start of the 1995-1996 season after a trade saw him go from the Dallas Stars to the Calgary Flames, just a few months after he was drafted. Iginla would go on to become the franchise’s all-time leading scorer and captain for nine seasons. In that time he won two Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard trophies, (2002, 2004) the Art Ross Trophy (2002) and the Ted Lindsay Award (2002.) While being one of the most dominant players in the league, Iginla was praised for being a leader as well. Iginla won the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2009. Iginla also represented Canada numerous times, including winning two Olympic Gold Medals, (2002, 2010) playing in two IIHF World Championships (1997, 2005) and at the World Junior Championship (1996.) Iginla would finish his NHL career in 2017 with the Los Angeles Kings, amassing 1,300 points, and is now living with his family in Boston.
Bernie Nicholls was born in Haliburton, Ontario. Nicholls scored 1209 points during his career in the NHL playing for the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks. He is one of only eight players in NHL history to score 70 goals in one season, and one of five to score 150 points. While playing for Canada, Nicholls won a silver medal in the 1985 World Ice Hockey Championships.
Brent Bernard Sopel was born in Calgary, Alberta. Sopel played the majority of his career in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 144th overall at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. Sopel career took him to play with the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Montreal Canadiens. Sopel won the Stanley Cup in 2010 with the Chicago Blackhawks. As an International player, Sopel played in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) with Metallurg Novokuznetsk and Salavat Yulaev Ufa.
Ron Ellis was born in Lindsay, Ontario. played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs and won a Stanley Cup in ’67. He is also a member of Team Canada ’72 and is on the advisory board of StopConcussions. After a bout with clinical depression, with the stresses of life after hockey, he would later go public with his story by writing a book with Kevin Shea titled Over The Boards: The Ron Ellis Story, published in 2002. Ron is a renowned speaker and advocate on concussions and the importance of diagnosing and treating clinical depression.
Zenon Konopka made his NHL debut with Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 2005-06. In 2007 the Ducks traded Konopka to the Columbus Blue, where he lead the league with 265 penalty minutes. Konopka also played for the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres.
Angela James was born in Toronto, Ontario. James career led her to play on numerous teams in the Central Ontario Women’s Hockey League (COWHL) and finishing her career in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). She was named her league’s most valuable player six times. James played in the first women’s world championship and played with Team Canada in the first IIHF World Women’s Championship in 1990, scoring 11 goals and leading Team Canada to the gold medal. James also won gold medals in 1992, 1994 and 1997. James has been inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010 and inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. James was named to the Order of Hockey in Canada in 2021.
Jaclyn Hawkins was a tremendous hockey player for the Connecticut Huskies women’s ice hockey program and the Boston Blades of the CWHL. Hawkins has a very successful youth and college career behind her and set a program record with 27 assists and finished as the Connecticut Huskies’ all-time leading scorer (69 goals, 75 assists, 144 points). Hawkins has taken her hockey skills and has become an entrepreneur and the founder/owner of Women’s Hockey Life Ltd, WHL Podcast, WHL Profile, WHL Academy, and WHL Gear.
Jerry Houser produced and played the role of Dave ‘Killer’ Carlson in ‘Slapshot.’ The Los Angeles native has had quite a career in the film industry as he voiced several characters in 1992’s ‘Aladdin’ and played Oscy 1971’s ‘Summer of ’42.’ He also has made appearances in several Brady Bunch spin-offs as Marcia’s husband, Wally Logan, including 1981’s NBC-TV series ‘The Brady Brides.”
Yvon Barrette is widely known in the Hockey world for his role as goaltender Denis Lemieux in ‘Slapshot.’ The Alma, Quebec native went to the National Theatre School of Canada before leaving in 1969. He is also known for his role in the French-Canadian film ‘Bingo.’
Dave Hanson is best known for his portrayal of himself in the Hockey classic ‘Slapshot,’ he has had a Hockey career of his own. He played for the Birmingham Bulls for most of his WHA career where he had six goals, 22 assists and 212 penalty minutes his last year there. Hanson has also appeared in 33 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings and the Minnesota North Stars where he had two points and 65 penalty minutes.
Allan F. Nicholls
Allan F. Nicholls portrayed team captain, Johnny Upton, in ‘Slapshot.’ Nicholls has been nominated for several awards in the film industry including, a BAFTA Film Award nomination for Best Screenplay for 1978’s ‘A Wedding,’ and was nominated for the WGA Screen Award for the Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen for the same film. He also worked on Saturday Night Live as an Associate Director for 22 episodes in the early 90’s. His grandfather was Riley Hern who was the goaltender for the Montreal Wanderers, who won the Stanley Cup in 1908, 1909 and 1911.