Former Maestro competitor and drum and bass pioneer Goldie is invited to compose a piece of music to be performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra in the 2009 Proms season.

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2009-07-31

Classic Goldie - Goldie Goldthorpe - Netflix

Bill “Goldie” (also “Harpo”) Goldthorpe (born June 20, 1953) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player. He is best known as the inspiration for Ogie Ogilthorpe in the 1977 film Slap Shot. Goldthorpe, a left winger, was a notorious hockey enforcer, a man once dubbed the “wildest, meanest, most unpredictable player in hockey.” In his chequered eight-year career (1973–80, 83-84), Goldthorpe played for ten minor league teams and four World Hockey Association squads; along the way, he racked up 1,132 penalty minutes in just 194 professional games.

Classic Goldie - Slap Shot - Netflix

The comedy movie Slap Shot was made while Goldthorpe was still an active player. According to Ned Dowd, brother of “Slap Shot” writer Nancy Dowd (and a hockey player in his own right), the character incorporated elements of Goldthorpe (especially his wild demeanor and frizzy, Harpo Marx-like haircut), but was not actually him. Goldthorpe has said that the producers were thinking about putting him in the film, but he was not offered a role after he was charged with assault and broke a bottle in the dressing room when Paul Newman's brother visited. (Dowd himself wound up playing the Goldie-like character, “Ogie” Ogilthorpe.) Goldthorpe was well-known for never backing down from any challenge, on or off the ice. He ended up in jail no less than eighteen times, incidents he now attributes mostly to his drinking. Like the fictional “Ogie”, Goldthorpe once was serving a jail sentence but was allowed out for practices and games. On January 1, 2008, during the first intermission of the NHL's Winter Classic outdoor game in Buffalo, NBC showed a short piece on the movie Slap Shot and Goldthorpe's connection to Bob Costas: Costas once did radio play-by-play for the 1973-74 Syracuse Blazers, Goldie's team at the time.

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