There are so many nicknames in sports that it's hard to keep track of them all.
Some are simple combinations of the first and last name, like Curtis Joseph's "Cujo," for instance.
Others describe a feeling you get by watching them play; Mario "The Magnificent" Lemieux is an example.
Chris "Knuckles" Nilan should be self-explanatory...
This a list of nicknames that I think stand out above the rest. I hope you will post any nicknames you think should have made the cut.
I look forward to hearing your feedback—this one should be fun!
No, not that Tiger...although this one was no saint either.
To hockey fans, Dave "Tiger" Williams is the original Tiger.
He was given his nickname when he first started playing hockey after he refused to wear a mask when he was goalie.
Williams played 14 seasons and holds the NHL record for career penalty minutes at 3,966.
From biting Dave Schultz on the nose in a fight to hitting Scotty Bowman in the head with his stick, Tiger was not a player opposing teams looked forward to facing.
Mark Messier's nickname, "The Moose," is a tribute to his size, strength, and determination.
Messier is not only considered among the best NHL players of all time, but he is arguably one of the greatest leaders as well.
He is second on the all-time career lists for regular season points with 1,887, playoff points with 295, and regular season games played at 1,756.
He won six Stanley Cups with the Oilers and Rangers and is the only pro athlete to captain two different teams to championships.
In the 1994 playoffs, Messier guaranteed a victory in Game Six of the Eastern Conference finals and went on to score a hat trick to seal the win.
In 2007 he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Bobby Hull is known as "The Golden Jet" because of his good looks and blond hair.
It was also attributed to the common sight of Hull picking up the puck in his zone, skating down the ice, and scoring on the end-to-end rush.
He led the Chicago Blackhawks to one Stanley Cup victory and added two Hart Trophies as league MVP.
Not to be outdone, his son Brett was given the fitting moniker "The Golden Brett" upon his arrival to the NHL.
Brett Hull was one of the most prolific scorers in NHL history. His one-timer was feared by goalies around the league.
Brett scored 50 or more goals five times in his career, highlighted by an 86-goal outburst in the 1990-91 season.
He also won two Stanley Cups and one Hart Trophy.
Johan Franzen was given his nickname "The Mule" by Steve Yzerman because, as he says, "He carries the load."
Since joining the league in the 2005-06 season, Franzen's point totals have risen steadily each year.
He holds the NHL record for most goals in a four-game playoff series with nine and is tied with Henrik Zetterberg for the Red Wings record for most goals in a single playoff year with 13.
He also won a Stanley Cup with the Wings in 2008.
While you may think Mule and Moose are relatively similar, Franzen moves up the list based on his mule-like features.
Goaltender Jim Carey earned his nickname from the movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective starring actor Jim Carrey.
While Carey's career was short-lived, he made a lasting impression in 1996 when he took home the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie.
While playing with the IHL's Cincinnati Cyclones, Carey suffered an inner ear concussion and missed the rest of the season.
Carey never returned to professional hockey.
Habs fans didn't need a photo or a write-up to know who this nickname belongs to.
While there is some debate over where Andre Racicot earned the nickname "Red Light," there is no denying the meaning.
His career got off to a rocky beginning, as he let in three goals on six shots in his first career start.
Racicot was a career backup to Patrick Roy but got the chance to share in the Canadiens' 1993 Stanley Cup championship.
Even if the nickname wasn't a fair assessment of his on-ice play, it stuck, and he carried it with him until he retired from the NHL at the end of the 1994 season.
Know for his flashy suits and European distaste, Don Cherry is a fixture in the hockey world, and his nickname "Grapes" is known throughout the hockey community.
Although he never made it as a player in the NHL, he had some success as a coach with the Bruins and credits his career highlight as "the first time he told Bobby Orr to hop over the boards."
The nickname "Grapes" has a few possible origins, such as the fact that he had sour grapes from not making it to the NHL as a player. The accepted version seems to be that his junior teammates named him that because his head is shaped like a grape.
Either way, he is the cornerstone of Hockey Night in Canada and is loved and hated by hockey fans around the world.
"Rocket" became the name Maurice Richard was known as throughout his career.
He earned the nickname during the war years, during a time when Germans were bombing London with V1 and V2 rockets.
Richard was never a fast skater, and the nickname has nothing to do with speed so much as it does with destructive force and ability.
There was even a movie simply titled Rocket to commemorate his life and career.
Richard was the first player to score 50 goals in 50 games.
In 1955, Richard was suspended for the balance of that season and the playoffs for an attack on an official. The suspension of their beloved star set Canadiens fans on a tirade that would cause over $100,000 in damages to the city of Montreal.
In 1996, at the closing of the Montreal Forum, a tearful "Rocket" received the longest standing ovation in the city's history: Over 16 minutes of adulation poured over him, chanting his nickname over and over again.
Wayne Gretzky holds or shares 61 NHL records. Probably the most untouchable record is his 2,856 career points.
The closest active player is Mark Recchi with...1,480.
There is no secret where the name "The Great One" originates—just look at his career in hockey.
Most players fade away after retirement, but not Gretzky. In 2002 he picked the team that would win Canada's first Olympic Gold Medal in hockey in 50 years.
Gretzky's list of accolades and accomplishments is far too great to try to tackle in this list, so I'll leave it at that.
Often imitated, never duplicated, Gretzky truly is "The Great One."
You were probably thinking, "How is 'The Great One' not No. 1?"
There is a perfectly good explanation for that...to be named "Mr. Hockey," to me, seems like the ultimate honor.
Gordie Howe is everything we love about hockey. He's humble, passionate about the game, and a true ambassador.
While Howe is now second in most categories to Wayne Gretzky as far as stats go, he has one thing that Wayne will never have: an in-game reference that immediately gets a player into that night's highlight reel.
A "Gordie Howe Hat Trick," which includes a goal, an assist, and a fight, was coined after Howe in reference to his penchant for fighting.
Gordie Howe is the icon that all players should strive to be. His contributions to the game are the reason why I think he wears his nickname best of all.