by Forechecker on 09/27/08 at 11:53 AM ET
Paul Newman, the legendary actor whose steely blue eyes, good-humored charm and advocacy of worthy causes made him one of the most renowned figures in American arts, has died of cancer at his home in Westport, Connecticut. He was 83.
To most of the world, Newman was known for his roles in “Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid”, “Cool Hand Luke”, and other popular, critically acclaimed films.
Hockey fans the world over, however, know him as Reggie Dunlop, the iconic player/coach of the Charlestown Chiefs in “Slap Shot.”
“Slap Shot” isn’t just a favorite of the fans, however; players old and young at the NHL level have long admitted to memorizing many of the film’s lines. Has an NHL coach ever delivered a pregame speech like ole Reggie Dunlop?
Reggie Dunlop: It’s their rink, it’s their ice, and it’s their $%^!in’ town. But tonight we got our fans with us!
[other players cheer]
Reggie Dunlop: They spent their own dough to get here, and they came here to see us! All right, let’s show ‘em what we got, guys! Get out there on the ice and let ‘em know you’re there. Get that $%^!in’ stick in their side. Let ‘em know you’re there! Get that lumber in his teeth. Let ‘em know you’re there!
Ned Braden: Bleed all over ‘em. Let ‘em know you’re there.
Reggie Dunlop: Give ‘em a good warm-up, Denis. Come on, fellas!
We also have the cerebral Reggie Dunlop, who understands exactly how to handle his eccentric French-Canadian goaltender:
Denis Lemieux: I’m tired of it! Puke! Blah! All the time, puke!
Reggie Dunlop: You’re a goalie, you’re supposed to be like that.
Lest any of you need a quick reminder, IMDB has the original trailer for the film. Feel free to share your favorite “Slap Shot” memories in the comments below.
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