AJ Galante of Danbury Trashers Interview
owner of the Danbury Trashers stops by Vancouver Canada's best podcast
By: Haze Ent
A.J. Galante runs a boxing gym and fight-promotion business in Danbury, Conn. Each morning his drive takes him past the arena where much of the carnage in the Netflix documentary Untold: Crime and Penalties takes place.
In 2004, when he was 17 and all baggy pants and gold chains, A.J. was appointed president and general manager of a team in the now-defunct United Hockey League. A.J.'s father, James, purchased an expansion franchise in the minor-pro league and handed him the reins.
The club was called the Trashers because his father oversaw a waste-hauling empire. With a mascot dressed as a garbage can and a roster comprised with an ample number of goons, the Trashers became wildly popular in working-class Danbury. As opposing players were knocked silly and beaten to a pulp, fans taunted them and offered single-digit salutes.
The team's fall occurred as quickly as its rise. It was disbanded after two years when James Galante, whom the FBI identified as an associate of the Genovese crime family, pleaded guilty to racketeering and multiple other federal charges. The team made the playoffs in both seasons while players were paid off the books with bags full of cash. The annual salary cap for teams in the league was US$250,000, but investigators found that Danbury secretly paid its skaters and goalies three times as much.
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