I have firsthand experience of having an unfortunate name, and as someone with an unfortunate name, I recognize that there is nothing one can do but find a way to laugh about it.
Fortunately for me, I’m not the only one in the world with an unfortunate name, and there are many in the hockey world who share my pain.
Some of these aren’t so unfortunate; they just sound funny.
There are so many serious issues going on in the world, so let’s just take a moment out of our day to be a little immature and get a giggle from some unfortunate names in hockey history.
Dave Snuggerud is a retired American NHL player, who played for the Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks and Philadelphia Flyers between 1989-1993.
Snuggerud is a very unique name and is pretty amusing.
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Par Djoos played for the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers during his NHL career from 1986-2003.
Djoos hails from Sweden, and his name just has a funny ring to it.
Wacey Rabbit was drafted by the Boston Bruins in 2005 and has yet to play in the NHL, spending the past few years in the AHL.
His name is unfortunate, because the letters "w" and "r" when used together often make the "r" difficult to say.
Try saying Wacey Rabbit five times fast. You'll see.
Steve Passmore was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in 1992, but played for the Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings in his NHL career.
Passmore is a pretty awesome and fitting name for a hockey player to have, but Passmore happened to be a goaltender.
Not quite as fitting, but still entertaining.
It sounds like the Chick-Fil-A cow telling us to "Eat more chikin." The goaltender could be telling opponents to "pass more" so they're not shooting on goal.
Kevin Shattenkirk currently plays for the St. Louis Blues in the NHL. He was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in 2007.
Am I the only one that sees his last name and thinks of William Shatner as Captain Kirk?
Dustin Byfuglien plays for the Winnipeg Jets, formerly the Atlanta Thrashers. Previously, he played for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Byfuglien's last name looks funny if you read it phonetically.
However, those in the know, know that it's not pronounced that way; it's pronounced like "bufflin."
Miroslav Satan currently plays in his native Slovakia. He previously played for the Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins.
His last name looks evil, but since he's from Slovakia, it's pronounced "Shatan."
It's still a pretty comical name to see on a sweater, skating down the ice.
Although, if it was pronounced as it looks, he probably couldn't play on a cold surface.
Jonathan Cheechoo is currently playing in the AHL, but formerly played in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators.
His name reminds me of the word "choo-choo," which is commonly a description of a child's train or the sound it makes.
It makes it rather amusing.
Cal Clutterbuck plays for the Minnesota Wild. He was drafted by the team in 2006.
There's no real meaning behind it, but Clutterbuck is just a hilarious name. There's really no explanation for it.
Radek Bonk is currently playing in his home country of Czech Republic. Before that, he played in the NHL for the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators.
Bonk is a great last name for a hockey player, because it seems like a word that would appear in a bubble in a cartoon depiction of a big hockey hit.
Zarley Zalapski is currently playing hockey in Europe, but he previously played in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers.
Zalapski's nationality is Canadian, but his name is unusual.
If his parents were looking to give him a unique name, they succeeded. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that there aren't many other Zarley Zalapski's running around.
There should be, though. It's a pretty awesome name.
Bill Quackenbush played in the NHL from 1942-1956 for the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins.
He passed in 1999 at the age of 77, but his legacy and his awesome last name will live on.
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Jordin Tootoo plays for the Nashville Predators. He became the first Inuit player to play in the NHL.
His name is entertaining, but what's more entertaining is the fact that he wears "22" because it's two twos: Tootoo.
In his homeland of Russia, Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin doesn't have an amusing name. In fact, it is pronounced more like "Syomin," which we would probably still find amusing.
Here, it is pronounced like "Seh-min," but, of course, we all know what it looks like.
Cory Pecker currently plays hockey in Austria. He is a former Calgary Flames draft pick and spent time playing in the NHL.
Perhaps it's good that he plays somewhere now that probably won't find his last name hilarious.
Unless Pecker sounds like something funny in Austrian too.
Yutaka Fukufuji was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 2004. He was the first Japanese citizen and goaltender to be drafted into the NHL and the first Japanese player to appear in an NHL game.
Now, about his last name.
How awesome and comical is it to have those first four letters be the first half of your last name?
Bob Beers played in the NHL from 1989-2000. He split time between the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders.
What an awesome and funny name.
It's like an endorsement deal waiting to happen.
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Darren Puppa played in the NHL from 1985-2000. He played for the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning.
He has a rather unfortunate name—a name that spawned the nickname "Puppa Scoopa."
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Hakan Loob is a retired Swedish hockey player who played in the NHL for the Calgary Flames from 1983-1989.
Loob may be Swedish, but his name is comical in English.
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Luca Cunti is a Swiss hockey player, currently playing in his home country. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third round of the 2007 NHL draft.
His last name is pretty unfortunate.
It seems like it should be unprintable, until you remember it's his name.
Ron Tugnutt was an NHL goaltender from 1987-2004.
He played for the Quebec Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars.
In regards to his last name, I bet a lot of people feel better about their unfortunate last names when they saw Tugnutt's.
Harry Dick only played 12 games in the NHL during the 1946-47 season for the Chicago Blackhawks.
His career wasn't very memorable, but his name is pretty memorable.
Harry Dick has to be one of the funniest yet cruelest names ever given to a person anywhere.
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