Ooops, I did it again…

The Best Hockey Nicknames

I started off thinking I’d try and be clever and say something like, “Oops, there aren’t any.” After all, how creative are today’s crop of nicknames that simply add or subtract a letter or two? Shorten a last name, tack on an “s,” “y,” “r” or an “o” and that’s supposedly a nickname. Anyone whose name is Campbell becomes “Soupie.” Those with some Native background in their heritage become known as “Chief.”


There used to be some great nicknames back in the “golden(?)” days of hockey. Remember Georges Vezina, “The Chicoutimi Cucumber”? Henri Richard, the “Pocket Rocket”? Lorne “Gump” Worsley? Max Bentley, the “Dipsy Doodle Dandy from Delisle”? Yvon “The Roadrunner” Cournoyer? Hector “Toe” Blake? Walter “Turk” Broda? Frank “Mr. Zero” Brimsek? “Freddie the Fog” Shero? Larry “Big Bird” Robinson? Chris “Knuckles” Nilan? Andre “Red Light” Racicot?

There are a still a couple of good ones from the present era:

Pat Verbeek: the Little Ball of Hate; Jonathan Toews: “Captain Serious.” Jamie McLennan: “Noodles.” Vladimir Konstantinov: “The Vladiator.” Mark Recchi: “The Wrecking Ball. Nikolai Khabibulin: “The Bulin Wall.” Al Iafrate: “Wild Thing.” Ken Linseman: “The Rat.” Johan Franzen: “The Mule.” Paul Bissonnette: “Biz Nasty.” Sydney Crosby: “Sid the Kid.”

But how many of those are actually playing right now? Come on, hockey. Give us a couple more good monikers.

Oops…I guess there aren’t (many) after all.


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