Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/30/12 at 03:39 PM ET
from Ben Shpigel of Slap Shot,
The most common surnames in N.H.L. history are Smith (59), Brown (27) and Wilson (26), according to the Elias Sports Bureau, so it stood to reason that at least one of them would be emblazoned on the back of a player participating in the Stanley Cup Finals. Look no further than Dustin Brown, the Kings’ pugnacious captain.
But when Brown steps onto the Prudential Center ice Wednesday night, he will be outnumbered by three of the less common surnames in the league. The Kings-Devils matchup features a Greene, a Carter and, bizarrely enough, a Bernier on each side.
In fact, defensemen Andy Greene (Devils) and Matt Greene (Kings), 29-year-old natives of Michigan, are the only two Greenes ever to have played in the N.H.L.
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