Who needs a nickname?
Not these guys, although it would not hurt in some cases.
It seems NHL players are generally too preoccupied with training and game-planning to formulate creative nicknames for their teammates. Consider the Boston Bruins locker room, where Patrice Bergeron is addressed as “Bergy” and Milan Lucic will at times answer to “Looch.”
Once in a while, though, there are those whose legal names go somewhere between making the nicknaming enthusiasts’ life easier and putting those specialists out of work altogether.
They are interesting enough for their exact matches with the names of pop culture or public figures, or for the fitting imagery they evoke—especially if they can be tied in with an aspect of the game.
The following is a collection of 20 past and present NHLers who either did not need an informal variation on their name or who could actually be nicknamed in a manner wholly unrelated to their legal name.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics and other background information were found via the Internet Hockey Database.