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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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Alaskanice

I recall David being drafted. Of course back then, I thought every pick became a part of the team. Being a late round pick, I learned that he wasn’t highly thought of but then he lit up the scoreboard and there was juice that he was a very good prospect. Then the eye thing happened and San Jose did try to help him get to the NHL but it wasn’t to be.
I’m glad he was able to have a lengthy career.
Thanks for bringing him back to the spotlight.

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