As unbelievable as it may seem, the shocking story told in “Untold: Crime & Penalties” is a true one, full of first-hand accounts and real archival footage. At just 17 years old, A.J. was named the president and general manager of the Danbury Trashers, which his father purchased for him both due to A.J.’s love of hockey (and “The Mighty Ducks” films) and his father’s interest in being involved with their local community.
A.J. took to recruiting known aggressive players in the United Hockey League, and even told ESPN, “We want to be the Evil Empire of the UHL. We want that bad-boy image.” Sure enough, they added players like Brad Wingfield, who’d once racked up over 350 penalty minutes in one season. The Danbury Trashers were almost instantly known for their violence in the rink, and soon enough, they were scrutinized for their shady business practices — they paid players under the table, threatened any opposition, and amassed a rowdy fanbase who loved the drama.
The filmmakers behind “Untold: Crime & Penalties” were lucky enough to get in touch with the real people involved in the scandal surrounding the Danbury Trashers, including the Galante family, players from the team, and the retired FBI agent Ed Adams, who served on Galante’s defense team. Hearing the story from the mouths of those who lived it helps to make it more entertaining, but also ensures that the truth — no matter how messy — is told.