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Syracuse Crunch to Honor Reggie Dunlop...and Paul Newman

Newman with Ned Dowd ("Ogie Ogilthorpe", and screenwriter Nancy Dowd's bro), in Syracuse garb.

The AHL's Syracuse Crunch will "retire" jersey number 7 for the season, made immortal by Paul Newman's Reggie Dunlop in 1978's Slap Shot. Duh.

For the uninitiated, Syracuse was home to the fictional Bulldogs of the just-as-fictional Federal Hockey League, whom (you guessed it) fictional Player/Coach Dunlop's Charlestown Chiefs "defeated" (actually, it was quite different), becoming league champions.

A very cool gesture by the club with the very worst name...and all of sport.

I stand corrected.