NHL Notebook: ‘Slap Shot’ actor Paul D’Amato dies at 75 and Detroit Red Wings sign Michael Rasmussen to four-year extension

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Zach Laing
1 month ago
The actor known for his role as the antagonizing Dr. Hook in the ‘Slap Shot’ movie has died at the age of 75.
Former actor Steve Carlson shared news of Paul D’Amato’s passing on Twitter. The Worcester native had been battling progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare brain disease, for four years.
D’Amato was known for his role of Tim “Dr. Hook” McCracken from the 1977 film Slap Shot, a cult classic hockey film. He, however, got his start at a 14 years old as a stagehand, changing his career path seven years later to acting.
On Tuesday’s edition of Daily Faceoff Live, Frank Seravalli and Colby Cohen eulogized D’Amato, and spoke about the impact the movie had:
Cohen: Those movies, especially the first one, was just such a great movie, a real institution. You see the Hanson Brothers feeling this one, because Dr Hook was such a big part of that. Yes, he had limited scenes, but his character lived on, and is still talked about in dressing rooms throughout hockey. Sad news for the hockey world.
Seravalli: Just thinking about that tweet, I was quoting a million things in my head, but we’ll have to save that for another show.

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Wings sign Rasmussen

The Detroit Red Wings have signed hulking winger Michael Rasmussen to a four-year contract extension, the club announced Tuesday.
Drafted by the Red Wings in the first round of the 2017 draft, the 24-year-old has appeared in 293 NHL games over the last five seasons, scoring 47 goals and 109 points. This year, he’s scored 11 goals and 23 points in 55 games, pacing for a career high in goals.
After breaking into the NHL as a rookie in 2018-19, appearing in 62 games, Rasmussen spent the following year with the AHL’s Grand Rapid Griffins, where in 35 games he scored seven goals and 22 points. While his 2020-21 season saw a seven-game stint in the AHL, where he racked up six points, he’s been an NHL’er ever since.
Standing at 6-foot-6, Rasmussen has been a physical force for the Red Wings playing in their middle-six. According to hockeyviz.com, he provides offence at a two percent rate above league average, and defence at a four percent rate below league average. His overall contributions equate to that of a third-liner.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@thenationnetwork.com.

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