Realistic Nicknames for NHL's Biggest Stars

Adam BowenContributor IIIJanuary 5, 2013

Realistic Nicknames for NHL's Biggest Stars

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    In the world of sports, nicknames are as common as they come. 

    Some are earned, like "The Great One" or "Super Mario," while some are bestowed upon an athlete from the media and the fans like "Sid the Kid."

    But for some players the lack of originality behind their respective nicknames is a downright shame. After all, a nickname is something for the fans to latch onto and the play-by-play announcers to embellish.

    There are players in the NHL who currently have nicknames that do not quite represent them as well as it should. Here are realistic nicknames for four of the NHL's biggest stars. 

4: Jarome Iginla: The Man of Steel

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    Jarome Iginla does it all for the Calgary Flames and is the team's heart and soul.

    But the captain of the Flames suffers from a nickname that does not befit a man who, night in and night out, helps to ensure that his team is competitive. 

    "Iggy" just doesn't seem to cut it.

    What about "The Man of Steel"?

    He is a player with a mild manner off the ice, but as soon as the flaming "C" is emblazoned upon his chest he is a completely different person. 

    A player who will do anything for his team and one who has rescued the Flames on countless occasions. 

3: Roberto Luongo: Bobby Boo

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    Roberto Luongo has become one of the most polarizing players in the NHL. 

    A goaltender who has all the skills in the world, yet for some reason or another just cannot seem to get a break from the media and fans wherever he goes.

    The Vancouver Canucks were esctatic when they landed "Bobby Lou," but an inability to perform when it mattered most caused many to hop off the bandwagon.

    The "Lou" chant in Vancouver has slowly become the "boo" chant. 

2: Jonathan Toews: The Joker

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    Jonathan Toews has garnered a reputation for being one of the most serious players in the NHL. 

    Considering his young age, the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks shows maturity far beyond his years.

    What better for a nickname than the man whose catchphrase Heath Ledger made famous, The Joker. 

    "Why so serious?" seems to apply perfectly to the talented center. 

1: Joe Thornton: Houdini

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    During the regular season there are few better in the NHL than Joe Thornton. 

    The burly forward has helped propel the San Jose Sharks to being perennial playoff contenders, and more than lives up to his current nickname of "Jumbo Joe."

    But once the playoffs roll around "Jumbo Joe" just doesn't seem as jumbo, and has often been criticized for disappearing during the playoffs.

    What better nickname than "Houdini" the master magician, known for his outstanding disappearances.