A few ground rules, before getting started.
To be eligible for this list, a player must:
a) have played at least one game in the National Hockey League and
b) have a name that’s friggin’ hard to say.
Simple enough, but a guy like Sergei Krivokrasov wouldn’t make the cut, because all you really need to do to say his name is sound it out. Cool?
Of course, there’s little reason you would say his name at all, seeing as he hasn’t been at all relevant this millennium (and that’s even taking into account the fact that he last played in the NHL back in 2002). But that’s neither here nor there, and, as a result, you can look forward to seeing at least a few players on this list with names you’ve never heard, nor would want to moving forward.
Here are the 20 most mispronounced ones in NHL history: