Netflix’s “Untold: Crime & Penalties” was released on August 31 and gives an inside look at the “bad boys of hockey,” the Danbury Trashers. If you’re unfamiliar with the story of the Trashers, get ready for a tale that can only be described as a perfect blend of pro wrestling, hockey, and a mob movie. The Trashers were bought by Jimmy Galante, a trash kingpin with ties to the Genovese crime family (who the film also cites as part of the inspiration for “The Sopranos”), in 2004. He gifted the team to his 17-year-old son AJ, who became an unconventional general manager, which is just the beginning of the absurdity.
The team went on to get the most penalty minutes of any team in the history of the United Hockey League. The Danbury Trashers started their violent streak from the time the puck hit the ice in their first game. They made it two seasons before their historic run was brought to a sudden halt — thanks to Jimmy Galante getting arrested as part of a massive FBI indictment. The latest installment in the “Untold” series interviews key players in Trashers history and tells viewers the real story about how such a one-of-a-kind hockey team came to be.