Carlson was born in Virginia, Minnesota . He appeared in the movie Slap Shot as one of the Hanson Brothers .  Carlson played in the World Hockey Association with the New England Whalers , Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Fighting Saints and in the National Hockey League for the Los Angeles Kings , scoring nine goals for the Kings.  While playing for the Edmonton Oilers in the WHA, he was the roommate of Wayne Gretzky during his rookie season.   Carlson and Al McLeod are the only players to ever be on a team with Gordie Howe and on a team with Wayne Gretzky .