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SJHN Podcast: David “One-Eyed Willy” Beauregard Talks Danbury Trashers, Getting Drafted by Sharks

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Did you know that a star from Netflix’s “Untold: Crime & Penalties” was also a San Jose Sharks draft pick?

If you haven’t caught the documentary yet — watch it now. The story of the Danbury Trashers, a mob-connected pro hockey team managed by a 17-year-old, has been the talk of the sports world since its debut last month.

David “One-Eyed Willy” Beauregard features prominently in the doc and he joined the San Jose Hockey Now Podcast to talk about being drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 1994 (3:30), how close he got to the NHL (8:20), and how he lost his eye (16:35) and overcame the injury to play 15-plus years of pro hockey. Along the way, he told great Kevin Constantine, Maurice “Rocket” Richard, and Marty McSorley stories.

David-Alexandre Beauregard then dives into his time with Danbury. Beauregard only spent a part of one season with the Trashers — so what was it like playing against Danbury? He tells hilarious, untold stories about being bullied by a Trashers enforcer and getting punched by Danbury’s head coach (39:00).

What was teenage GM A.J. Galante’s role in coming up with Beauregard’s “One-Eyed Willy” nickname (42:45)? How much did owner Jimmy Galante pay him and what was his “no-show” job (43:55)?

Beauregard also tells us how far the Trashers fans in the infamous Section 102 would go with their taunts (54:00) and reveals that he got busted by the IRS for his under-the-table Danbury earnings (57:20). He then describes how Jimmy Galante treated the Trashers like an NHL team (1:00:00).

The big-time scorer also touches on what the Netflix doc missed about the Danbury Trashers (1:02:00) and what he’s up to now.

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