'Hanson Brother' Steve Carlson announces cancer diagnosis, launches GoFundMe page

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JOHNSTOWN — Traditionally, Steve Carlson puts on the foil during his appearances with the Hanson Brothers in the movie "Slap Shot" and numerous promotional or charity events in arenas throughout the world. Carlson, 66, recently made a much more serious announcement while using the Hanson Brothers iconic "Puttin' on the
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JOHNSTOWN — Traditionally, Steve Carlson puts on the foil during his appearances with the Hanson Brothers in the movie "Slap Shot" and numerous promotional or charity events in arenas throughout the world.

Carlson, 66, recently made a much more serious announcement while using the Hanson Brothers iconic "Puttin' on the Foil" theme.

The former Johnstown Jets player/Johnstown Chiefs coach and his wife, Vicki, established a GoFundMe page encouraging people to "Put on the Foil and FIGHT for STEVE CARLSON #17."

Carlson announced that he has been diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic squamous cell carcinoma and will have daily radiation treatments for several months in Pittsburgh and Altoona.

"On October 4, 2021, my world was flipped upside down," Carlson posted, explaining when he and Vicki learned of his cancer diagnosis.

"Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) generally has a high survival rate," Carlson wrote in his post. "The 5-year survival is 99% when detected early. Once SCC has spread to the lymph nodes (In my case) and beyond, the survival rates are lower. Yet this cancer is still treatable with surgery and other therapies, even in its advanced stages."

A high-scoring forward with the Jets, Carlson and his brothers Jack and Jeff were mainstays at Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

Playing on a team with Dave "Killer" Hanson, captain Galen Head, Guido Tenesi, Vern Campigotto and other memorable Jets, Steve Carlson had a prominent role in Johnstown's winning the professional North American Hockey League championship in 1974-75.

That team inspired Nancy Dowd's script to the Paul Newman movie "Slap Shot," filmed in Johnstown in 1976 and released a year later.

Carlson also played in the World Hockey Association, a rival to the National Hockey League, and he advanced…
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