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NHL Needs More Gumps, Black Jacks, Rockets

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Where have all the great nicknames gone? Face it: Nowadays, in the NHL, player nicknames lack originality. Gary Roberts is Robs. Joe Nieuwendyk is Nieuwy. Jarome Iginla is Iggy. And so on and so forth. There isn't anything descriptive in them. There isn't anything interesting in them. Khabibulin's nickname is one of the few in today's NHL that could stand up to the great nicknames of a bygone era — Punch Imlach, King Clancy, Rocket Richard and of course, maybe the best of all time, Max Bentley, the Dipsy Doodle Dandy from Deslisle. Decades ago, even journeymen players received nicknames, such as Claire (The Milkman) Alexander or Wayne (Swoop) Carleton.


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