NHL's Nine Funniest Names of All Time

Alan BassSenior Writer IJuly 7, 2008

Reijo Ruotsalainen (1981-1990)

He was drafted 119th overall by the New York Rangers in 1980, and was twice named Finland’s top defenseman.  He also won two Stanley Cups with Edmonton in 1987 and 1990.

He was very successful in the NHL, scoring 344 points in 446 games.  His name, however, has so many vowels in it, it is almost harder to pronounce than those crazy Japanese names.


Miroslav Satan (1995-Present)

This is simply a great name. Those who don’t know how it is actually pronounced would expect this guy’s number to be 666.

He is a great player, scoring 685 points in his 947 career games so far.  He recently signed a contract to play with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2008-2009 season.


Yutaka Fukufuji

Fukufuji was the first Japanese citizen to be drafted, and the first Japanese-born player to appear and start in an NHL game.  He was drafted 238th overall by the LA Kings in 2004, and started a game against the Thrashers in 2007. 

However, the Kings did not make him a qualifying offer and he returned to the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL.


Dustin Byfuglien

Fugly was drafted 245th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2003.  He scored in his first shift in the NHL, and in his first full NHL season, this year, he scored 19 goals and 16 assists for 36 points, including his first career hat trick.


Dave Snuggerud (1989-1993)

In 265 games in the NHL, Skund…Sguneer…Sfu**er…Dave scored 30 goals and 54 assists for the Sabres, Sharks, and Flyers.  He was drafted in the 1987 NHL supplemental draft from the University of Minnesota.  He also played for the U.S. National Team.


Ron Tugnutt (1987-2004)

Tugnutt was drafted in 1986 by the Quebec Nordiques, 81st overall.  He struggled early in his career, but eventually went on to become very successful with the Ottawa Senators, Dallas Stars, and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

His name is one of the best in NHL history, as it sounds like what happens when you have an aggressive girlfriend.


Luca Cunti

Luca…(snicker)…Cunti is a great prospect for the Tampa Bay Lightning.  He was drafted 75th overall in the 2007 draft.  He is expected to sign an entry-level contract with the team this or next year.


Corey Pecker

Pecker never filled a hole in an NHL lineup.  I mean, he never played in the NHL, but his name is way too funny to be left off this list.  Plus, he was the youngest player at age 15 to play in the 1997 Maccabiah Games ice hockey tournament.


Harry Dick (1946-1947)

Dick played for the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1946-1947 season.  He only played 12 games, scoring one assist.  However, that’s 11 games more than he needs to make this list.

By the way, this name is almost as funny as a friend of mine who is named Harry Testinalds.