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Every true hockey fan has heard the name before. Ogie Ogilthorpe, the crazed goon featured in the classic film Slapshot is a legend like no other, the Paul Bunyan of the hockey world. What many people don’t know is that he is based on a blond-afroed man from Hornepayne, Ontario. Bill Goldthorpe was and is the greatest hockey enforcer of all-time. According to my father, a childhood friend of Goldy’s, he could play the sport, but was more famous for his fist-handling skills than his puck handling. Need proof on why he’s hockey's top goon? Well for one, while imprisoned in Syracuse during the AHL season, he would be escorted back and forth from prison in between games. Today marks his 59th birthday, and with that we raise a glass to the man, the myth, the legend, the goon.