Rocket, The Great One and Mr. Hockey: Top 50 Nicknames in NHL History

April WeinerCorrespondent IJune 7, 2011

Rocket, The Great One and Mr. Hockey: Top 50 Nicknames in NHL History

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 28:  Partial Owner of the Vancouver Giants Gordie Howe, aka 'Mr. Hockey, poses for a portrait during his visit for his annual inspection of the Vancouver Giants prior to their WHL game against the Everett Silvertips on October
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    Most sports teams give many teammates nicknames.

    On hockey teams, everyone has a nickname. No one is referred to by their real name. Part of the reason may be because some names are too hard to pronounce or people share names.

    However, the biggest reason is that giving nicknames bond people, and teams are families.

    Most hockey players nicknames are just some form of either their first or last name with “ie” on the end of it, i.e. “Ovie."

    Some nicknames, though, are a little more creative. Here are the top 50 NHL nicknames of all time.

50. Yvan Cournoyer: Roadrunner

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    MONTREAL- DECEMBER 4:  Former Montreal Canadien Yvan Cournoyer skates during the Centennial Celebration ceremonies prior to the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins on December 4, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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    Yvan Cournoyer played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1963-1979.

    He was nicknamed "Roadrunner" because of his small stature (he was only 5'7") and his speed on the ice, like The Roadrunner.

49. Frank Brimsek: Mr. Zero

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    Frank Brimsek was an NHL goaltender for the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks.

    His rookie year with the Boston Bruins (1938-39), Brimsek had 10 shutouts, causing the nickname "Mr. Zero."

48. Johan Franzen: The Mule

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    SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 01:  Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings in action against the San Jose Sharks in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 1, 2011 in San Jose, California.  (Pho
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    Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen is nicknamed "the Mule."

    He was given his nickname by Steve Yzerman, because "he carries the load."

47. Brian Campbell: Soupy

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 23:  Brian Campbell #51 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against the Florida Panthers at the United Center on March 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Panthers 4-0.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    Brian Campbell of the Chicago Blackhawks has been nicknamed "Soupy" by his teammates.

    He is called "Soupy" because he has the same last name as one of the most recognized soup manufacturers.

46. Al Arbour: Radar

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    UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Head coach Al Arbour of the New York Islanders stands behind the bench as he coaches his 1,500th game for the Islanders against the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 3, 2007 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by J
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    Al Arbour was easily recognized because he was one of the few hockey players to wear glasses on the ice.

    His head coach, Jack Adams, was the source of his nickname. During an angry rant, Adams called Arbour "a blind-eyed, CinemaScope, radar, *bleep*."

    Arbour has been "Radar" ever since.

45. Georges Vezina: Chicoutimi Cucumber

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    Georges Vezina's nickname was the "Chicoutimi Cucumber."

    He was known for being calm and cool in the net, thus the cucumber part. Chicoutimi was Vezina's hometown.

44. Nicklas Lidstrom: Saint Nicklas

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    SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 29:  Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings in action against the San Jose Sharks in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on April 29, 2011 in San Jose, California
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    Nicklas Lidstrom's nickname is Saint Nicklas, an alias for Santa Claus.

    This is because Lidstrom brings gifts when he's on the ice.

43. Alexei Kovalev: AK-27

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    TAMPA, FL - APRIL 20: Alex Kovalev #72 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the St. Pete Times Forum on April 20, 2
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    Alexei Kovalev's nickname is "AK-27."

    He is nicknamed after the famous Russian AK-47 weapon, because his initials are AK and his former number was 27.

42. Olie Kolzig: Olie the Goalie

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    PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 2:  Olaf Kolzig #37 of the Tampa Bay Lightning warms up before the game against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 2, 2008 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    If your name rhymes with a position, you should have to play that position.

    Olie Kolzig apparently agrees, as he became a goalie. He could even be called Koli the Goalie instead.

41. Claude Lemieux: Pepe

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    One of Claude Lemieux's nicknames was Pepe, after the French cartoon skunk, Pepe LePew.

    Pepe Lemieux, instead of Pepe LePew.

40. Brian Skrudland: Skrewy

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    15 Jan 1999: Brian Skrudland #10 of the Dallas Stars skates during the game against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California. The Stars defeated the Ducks 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Laforet  /Allsport
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    Brian Skrudland's nickname isn't all that original. His teammates just shortened his last name and added a "y."

    However, Skrewy is an interesting nickname.

39. Patrice Brisebois: Breeze-by

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    MONTREAL- MARCH 14:  Patrice Brisebois #71 of the Montreal Canadiens skates during the game against the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre on March 14, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Devils defeated the Canadiens 3-1.   (Photo by Richard Wolowic
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    Patrice Brisebois was called "Breeze-by" by Montreal Canadiens' fans.

    This was because he usually let his opponents "breeze by" him.

38. Alexei Yashin: Alexei Cashin

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    5 Feb 2001:  Alexei Yashin #19 of the Ottawa Senators skates on the ice during the game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Red Wings defeated the Senators 4-2.Mandatory Credit: Tom Pigeon  /Allsport
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    Alexei Yashin sat out the 1999 season because he wanted a heftier contract.

    This earned him the nickname "Alexei Cashin" by Ottawa Senators fans.

37. Ryan Malone: Bugsy

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    BOSTON, MA - MAY 23:  Ryan Malone #6 of the Tampa Bay Lightning controls the puck in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Bruins during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 23, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Pho
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    Former Pittsburgh Penguins and current Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone shares his last name with a cartoon musical.

    Thus, his nickname "Bugsy."

36. Dave Semenko: Cementhead

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    EDMONTON, CANADA - NOVEMBER 22:  Teammates Ken Linseman #13, Marty McSorley #33 and Dave Semenko #27 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrate a goal as Gaston Gingras (L) of the Montreal Canadiens skates away during the Molson Canadien Heritage Classic Megastars
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    Dave Semenko's nickname was "Cementhead."

    He was called "Cementhead" because it sounded like the start of his last name and because he served as a bodyguard on the ice for his teammates, especially Wayne Gretzky.

35. Frank McCool: Ulcers

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    Frank McCool was nicknamed "Ulcers" because he continuously played despite suffering from the painful condition.

    Sadly, eventually McCool succumbed to the condition.

34. Merlin Malinowski: The Magician

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    Merlin Malinowski was nicknamed "The Magician" because he shared his first name with the famed magician.

    The original Merlin was, according to legend, the wizard in King Arthur's court.

33. Bernie Nicholls: Pumper

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    TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 08:  Bernie Nicholls #9 skates at the Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Game at the Air Canada Centre on November 8, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    Bernie Nicholls' nickname was "Pumper."

    It doesn't make much sense until you combine it with his last name: "Pumper Nicholls."

32. Mark LaForest: Trees

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    UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 16:  Pat Lafontaine #16 of the New York Islanders Alumni scores on Mark Laforest #31 of the New York Ranger Alumni team during the Hockey for Heroes 3 on 3 Hockey Tournament on April 16, 2005 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York
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    What do you find in La Forest? Trees.

    That's what prompted Mark LaForest's nickname "Trees."

31. Tim Watters: Muddy

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    1988-1989:  Defenseman Tim Watters of the Los Angeles Kings. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell  /Allsport
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    Tim Watters earned his nickname because of his last name.

    Muddy Watters.

30. Larry Kwong: King

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    Larry Kwong also earned his nickname because of his last name.

    King Kwong.

29. Dave Schultz: Hammer

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    Dave Schultz was called "The Hammer" because of his physical style of play.

    Schultz was known for being one of the best enforcers to play the game and also currently holds the NHL record for most penalty minutes in a single season, with 472.

28. Dave Williams: Tiger

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    TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 09: Dave 'Tiger' Williams #22 of the All Star Legends rides the stick after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens Legends at the Legends Classic Game on November 9, 2008 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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    When golf fans hear "Tiger," they think of Tiger Woods. When hockey fans hear "Tiger," they think of Tiger Williams.

    Tiger got his nickname from one of his childhood coaches, due to his personality and the way he played the game.

    It just stuck.

27. Ted Lindsay: Terrible

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    TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 08:  Hockey Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay looks on before the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Montreal Canadiens on November 8, 2008 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    Ted Lindsay was given the nickname "Terrible."

    It wasn't because he was a terrible hockey player or a terrible person, but because he was so tough, he incited terror in his opponents.

26. Alex Ovechkin: The Great 8, Alexander the Great

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    TAMPA, FL - MAY 03:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals scores a power play goal at 17:27 of the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at St Pete
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    Wayne Gretzky is "The Great One." So when Alex Ovechkin came along and everyone started talking about how he might break Gretzky's records, he needed "Great" in his name.

    Luckily, his number rhymes with great and he shares a name with a Macedonian conqueror.

25. Patrick Roy: Saint Patrick

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    MONTREAL- DECEMBER 4:  Former Montreal Canadien Patrick Roy is introduced during the Centennial Celebration ceremonies prior to the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins on December 4, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canad
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    Patrick Roy was one of the greatest goaltenders of his time. If his fans could canonize him, they probably would.

    He also shares his name with a saint, who has his own holiday. Saint Patrick became the perfect nickname for Roy.

24. Duane & Brent Sutter: Dog & Pup

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    Duane Sutter was called "Dog" because of his yapping at opponents and officials on the ice.

    When his younger brother, Brent, joined his team, the younger Sutter was called "Pup."

23. Big Bird

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    BOSTON - NOVEMBER 15:  Assistant coach Larry Robinson of the New Jersey Devils looks on from the bench in the first period against the Boston Bruins on November 15, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    Big Bird was the nickname of both Larry Robinson and Don Saleski.

    Robinson was called "Big Bird" because he had blond hair and was tall (6'4").

    Saleski was called "Big Bird" for the same reason. Sesame Street had just gained popularity and one young fan said that that's who Saleski looked like.

22. Hector Blake: Toe

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    Hector Blake was nicknamed "Toe" because his younger sister couldn't pronounce Hector.

    Instead, she called him "Hectoe" which was eventually shortened to just "Toe."

21. Ken Morrow: Wolfman

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    Ken Morrow's earned his nickname,"Wolfman," because of his beard.

    Morrow's bushy beard made him look like the fictional "Wolfman" character.

20. Bernie Geoffrion: Boom Boom

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 22:  Hockey legend Bernie 'Boom Boom' Geoffrion acknowledges the crowd after being introduced before the Atlanta Thrashers game against the New Jersey Devils on October 22, 2005 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The Thrashers won the
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    Bernie Geoffrion was called "Boom Boom" because of the sounds his signature slap shot would make.

    The shot's first "boom" came as it made contact with his stick and the second once it connected with its target.

19. Don Cherry: Grapes

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    TORONTO, CAN - JANUARY 19:  Coaches Don Cherry, Brian Kilrea, and Bert O'Brien of Team Cherry watch opeing ceremonies prior to playing against Team Orr in the 2011 Home Hardware Top Prospects game on January 19, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, C
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    Despite being a cherry, Don Cherry is commonly referred to as "Grapes."

    The origin of the nickname is disputed, but the two most common explanations are either the shape of his head or because of his sour demeanour, as in "Sour Grapes."

18. Chris Nilan: Knuckles

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    MONTREAL- DECEMBER 4:  Former Montreal Canadien Chris Nilan skates during the Centennial Celebration ceremonies prior to the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins on December 4, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The
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    Chris Nilan was known for his fighting.

    Thus, he was called "Knuckles," because of his tendency to throw punches.

17. Doug Gilmour: Killer

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    TORONTO - JANUARY 31:  Former Toronto Maple Leafs player Doug Gilmour smiles during a ceremony raising his #93 jersey to the rafters before the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Air Canada Centre on January 31, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Pho
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    Doug Gilmour was called "Killer" because of his physical style of play.

    It was impressive that he was so physical, despite being shorter than a lot of other players.

16. Derek Boogaard: Boogey Man

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    UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 02:  Derek Boogaard #94 of the New York Rangers skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on December 2, 2010 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    The late Derek Boogaard was called "the Boogey Man" because it was his last name shortened and he was a feared enforcer.

    RIP Boogey Man.

15. Stu Grimson: The Grim Reaper

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    LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 1:  Left wing  Stu Grimson  #8 of the Nashville Predators skates on the ice during an NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  The Kings defeated the Predators 4-2. (Photo by Robert L
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    Stu Grimson was another feared enforcer in his time.

    This and his last name prompted his nickname, "The Grim Reaper."

14. Dominik Hasek: The Dominator

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    PITTSBURGH - JUNE 04:  Dominik Hasek #39 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in game six of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Mellon Arena on June 4, 2008 in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. The Red W
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    Dominik Hasek dominated the ice.

    His first name also shared the first three letters with the word "dominate." So "Dominator" he became.

13. Guy LaFleur: The Flower

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    MONTREAL- DECEMBER 4:  Former Montreal Canadien Guy Lafleur speaks to fans during the Centennial Celebration ceremonies prior to the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins on December 4, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Cana
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    Guy LaFleur's last name means "the flower."

    Only a man very secure in his masculinity would consent to be called “Flower.” So, it’s natural that hockey players would consent to it since they play a very physical and stereotypically manly sport.

    Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins is also called "Flower."

12. Lorne Worsley: Gump

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    Lorne Worsley was called "Gump" because his friends thought he looked like Andy Gump.

    That's probably not a compliment.

11. Curtis Joseph: Cujo

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    TORONTO - APRIL 8: Goalie Curtis Joseph #31 of the Toronto Maple Leafs stops the puck against the Buffalo Sabres during their NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on April 8, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by: Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
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    If you take away the "rtis" and "seph" in Curtis Joseph, you're left with "Cu" and "Jo."

    Cujo is also the name of a fierce, rabid dog.

    It makes a good nickname for a hockey player.

10. Jim Carey: The Net Detective

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    9 Apr 1996: Goaltender Jim Carey of the Washington Capitals looks on during a game against the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
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    Jim Carey was a goaltender for the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues.

    He also shares his name with Jim Carrey, the actor and comedian, of "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" fame.

    Naturally, Jim Carey the goaltender should be named for one of the other Jim Carrey's roles.

    "The Net Detective" was born.

9. Pavel Bure: Russian Rocket

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    VANCOUVER - NOVEMBER 16:  Right wing Pavel Bure #9 of the New York Rangers looks on in warm ups during the NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at General Motors Place on November 16, 2002 in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The Canucks won 3-1. (Photo by
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    Pavel Bure was known for his speed on the ice, as well as being the greatest hockey player from Russia.

    By the time Bure came along, "Rocket" was already taken. Since the original Rocket was one of the greatest to ever play the game, the greatest Russian player should be named for him.

    So "Russian Rocket" was born.

8. Brett Hull: The Golden Brett

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    TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 08: Brett Hull shows off his Hall of Fame blazer at the Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Game at the Air Canada Centre on November 8, 2009 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    Brett Hull is the son of Bobby Hull or "The Golden Jet." That was the origin of his nickname.

    Instead of being "The Golden Jet," Brett became "The Golden Brett."

    Lucky his named rhymed with Jet.

7. Bobby Hull: The Golden Jet

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 09: Former player Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks is introduced to the crowd during a Heritage Night to honor the 1961 Stanley Cup Championship team before a game against the New York Islanders at the United Center on January 9,
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    Bobby Hull was one of the greatest hockey players to ever play the game.

    Hull was known for his speed, hard shot and long blonde hair, the origin for his nickname "The Golden Jet."

    Hull even played for the Winnipeg Jets, perfect for his nickname.

6. Henri Richard: Pocket Rocket

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    MONTREAL- DECEMBER 4:  Former Montreal Canadiens Henri Richard attends the Centennial Celebration ceremonies prior to the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins on December 4, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Ca
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    Henri Richard was the younger and equally talented brother of Maurice "Rocket" Richard.

    Since he was 15 years Rocket's junior and only 5'7", Richard became known as "Pocket Rocket."

5. Nikolai Khabibulin: The Bulin Wall

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 24: Nikolai Khabibulin #35 of the Edmonton Oilers makes a save against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on March 24, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, the first Russian goaltender to win the Stanley Cup, is nicknamed "The Bulin Wall."

    It's a play on both his last name and "The Berlin Wall," nothing goes through him.

    Another nickname for Khabibulin is "The Nyet Minder," obviously a play on netminder and the Russian word for "no," since Khabibulin "said no" to pucks.

    Finally, "The First Tsar," a play on "First Star" and historic Russian sovereignty.

4. Mario Lemieux: Le Magnifique, Super Mario

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 01:  Mario Lemieux, former Canadian professional ice hockey player, attends the the 2011 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field on January 1, 2011 in Pittsburgh, P
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    Mario Lemieux was so special of a hockey player that he has both a French and an English nickname.

    Lemieux was nicknamed "Le Magnifique," because of course, he was a magnificent hockey player. He was nicknamed "Super Mario" of course, after the famous video game character.

    Other popular nicknames for Lemieux are 66 and Mr. 66.

3. Wayne Gretzky: The Great One

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 14:  Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky attends the Gillette - EA SPORTS Champions of Gaming Global Finals at ARENA Event Space on April 14, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
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    Wayne Gretzky is easily the best hockey player. Even people who don't know anything or care about hockey recognize the name Wayne Gretzky and what to associate it with.

    Gretzky holds most of the NHL's records and many of them will probably never be broken.

    Especially the record for the most goals in a single season, 92. The closest anyone has gotten to the record in this millennium was Alex Ovechkin, who scored 65 goals in 2007-08.

    The Great One was truly one-of-a-kind.

2. Gordie Howe: Mr. Hockey

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    MONTREAL- DECEMBER 4:  Gordie Howe speaks to fans during the Centennial Celebration ceremonies prior to the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins on December 4, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Canadiens defeat
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    Being called "Mr. Hockey" is quite the honor, considering how many people play the sport.

    No one deserves the honor more than Gordie Howe.

    Future generations may only recognize "Gordie Howe" as the namesake of the "Gordie Howe hat trick," named because Howe was both a prolific scorer and fighter on the ice.

    However, Howe was much more impressive than that. He was a 23-time NHL All-Star, four-time Stanley Cup winner, six-time leading scorer and six-time league MVP.

    Who better than Howe to be called "Mr. Hockey," then?

1. Maurice Richard: Rocket

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    The nickname "Rocket" has been elevated to more than just a nickname over the years. Most people don't even use Maurice Richard's first name anymore; I wouldn't be surprised if people forgot his first name.

    Richard was dubbed "Rocket" by Ray Getliffe, a former left winger in the NHL. He saw how fast Richard was and commented that he "was like a rocket." A reporter overhead the comment and printed it. The rest is history.

    Richard's legacy, and nickname, will live on forever.