Nicknames have always been a big part of hockey. As long as there have been teammates, there have been nicknames. Some are simple, some more obscure, but all are a way to make players seem more familiar and make us feel closer to them.
This list looks at the best nicknames in hockey history. Keep in mind, the list is not of the best players, but a list of the best nicknames. Some of the best nicknames belonged to players who are very obscure.
I am looking for original nicknames. Just calling Phil Esposito "Espo" is not going to cut it here, and neither is calling a guy with red hair "Red" or someone with Native American heritage "Chief."
Also, it seems there were more original nicknames in the past rather than in recent years. That was partially due old fashioned newspaper men looking to write colorful stories about players, so the old-timers have an advantage when it comes to original monikers.
So here, in no particular order are the top 60 nicknames in NHL history (well, 61, as we lead off with "The Great One," Wayne Gretzky on this page).
Please feel free to add to the list. I'm sure there are plenty of players with great nicknames that I did not have room for, so please add them in the comments section.
I hope you enjoy reading this list as much as I did putting it together.