Nicknames

Lowetide
July 23 2011 08:48AM

This is Jim Niekamp. He played 29 NHL games and was regarded as a hard-nosed defenseman. He wouldn't really be remembered at all (no slight meant, the man played in the NHL) save for one thing: his nickname. In the long history of hockey, Jim Niekamp's nickname is the best. Or worst.

Here are some of the most famous nicknames in NHL history:

Gretzky-The Great One
Selanne-The Finnish Flash
Steve Thomas-Stumpy
Stan Weir-Stash
Peter Forsberg-Foppa
Guy Lafleur-The Flower
Mike Walton-Shaky
Dom Hasek-The Dominator
Esa Tikkanen-The Grate One
JP Parise-Jeep
Mike Palmateer-The Popcorn Kid
Lorne Worsley-Gump
Dave Burrows-Bone Rack
Larry Cahan-Poison
Ken Linseman-The Rat
Derek Sanderson-Turk
Gerry Ehman-Tex
Al Arbour-Radar
Ivan Johnson-Ching
Billy Harris-Hinky
Bobby Hull-Golden Jet
Gerry Cheevers-Cheesy
Gordie Howe-Mr Hockey
Brian Glennie-Blunt
Jacques Plante-Jake the Snake
Claire Alexander-The Milkman
Curtis Joseph-Cujo
Eric Nesterenko-Sonja
Frank Mahovlich-The Big M
Grant Fuhr-Coco
Joe Sakic-Burnaby Joe

Niekamp's nickname? Well, since this is a family site (?!!?!?!?) I'll give you a hint:

Rhymes with "shmitter."

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#1 Mason Storm
July 23 2011, 08:51AM
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Someone somewhere must have been nicknamed "Fist"

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#2 Russ Jericho
July 23 2011, 08:54AM
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Mark Messier... The Moose?

I guess he's not famous?

Messier > Gretzky

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#3 Butters
July 23 2011, 09:04AM
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I remember my buddies set of hockey cards from the 70s. Every native player in the set was nicknamed "Chief". One dude's nickname was "Stoneface"-loved that one.

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#4 Dan the Man
July 23 2011, 09:04AM
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Jason Smith - Gator

One of my favorites. I'm also hoping Pecker catches on for Theo Peckham.

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#5 Smokey
July 23 2011, 09:06AM
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How about famous hockey lines like "Legion of Doom,'' or Kraut Line, or Mafia or Triple Crown Line. There of course was the two most fearful lines in hockey the KLM line or The Hanson Brothers.

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#7 @Oilanderp
July 23 2011, 09:08AM
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@Mason Storm

Maybe Mark Fistrick of Dallas.

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#8 m Teddy PeckmanSmokey
July 23 2011, 09:08AM
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I think Theo nickname was coined by Grapes when he called him Teddy Peckman.

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#9 Mumbai Max
July 23 2011, 09:17AM
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Who remembers these ones?

1. Stemmer 2. Suitcase 3. Night Train 4. Big Bird 5. 'seldom' 6. Red Light 7. Tiger 8. King Kong 9. Gunp 10. Cyclone (this should be Taylor Hall)

Bonus points for all 10

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#10 Mason Storm
July 23 2011, 09:19AM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

Maybe Mark Fistrick of Dallas.

Not a hockey name, but the Mariners Doug Fister is my favorite athlete name.

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#12 Dan the Man
July 23 2011, 09:20AM
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m Teddy PeckmanSmokey wrote:

I think Theo nickname was coined by Grapes when he called him Teddy Peckman.

Can't believe I forgot about that.

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#13 David Staples
July 23 2011, 09:20AM
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Allan, you're doing a real service for Oilers fans by having such acute, non-MSM hockey minds on your show.

Nation Radio is smart, it's different, it rocks.

Congratulations on getting this off the ground and keeping it rolling (even in the middle of summer, eh)

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#14 Jigga
July 23 2011, 09:24AM
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Hey low stop messing around and go through next years draft. There are alot of top end dman. I believe the top ten picks from next years draft Will have 5-6 dman.

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#16 Smokey
July 23 2011, 09:30AM
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Andre red light racicot

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#17 Abootzky
July 23 2011, 09:47AM
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Dick "Night Train' Lane former Detroit Lions HOF cornerback?

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#19 @NateInVegas
July 23 2011, 10:01AM
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Pat Verbeek & Ray Ferraro "The Little Balls of Hate".

At least Oiler fans can drown out the stupid Canuck fans "LUUUU'ing" with "NUUUUGE".

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#20 Millertide
July 23 2011, 10:11AM
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Lowetide wrote:

Thanks, David. That's the general idea, find interesting people who maybe don't have a voice outside of the blogs, etc and turn them loose.

I actually listened to Nation Radio for the first time ever last week (I live in Grande Prairie) and am hooked. Thanks Nation for giving fans our fix to get us throught the summer.

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#21 westy
July 23 2011, 10:14AM
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How about "Cowboy" Bill Flett? Not the most original of nicknames but I got to meet him as a kid and loved him as an Oiler (though it was the twilight of his career). Jones thinks he has flow...how about facial flow...lol.

R.I.P. Cowboy!

http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/1009/best.hair.sports.history/images/bill-flett-53124327.jpg

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#22 Dutchscooter
July 23 2011, 10:20AM
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It was Fred 'Cyclone' Taylor.

How about (from the same era) 'Phantom' Joe Malone or Georges 'The Chicoutimi Cucumber' Vezina?

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#23 Oil4thecup
July 23 2011, 10:29AM
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Wasn't Tikkanen's nickname Tikk? I thought I seen that somewhere

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#24 EasyOil
July 23 2011, 10:29AM
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For Peckham, Teddy Peckman is funny but i loved his original nickname of Wreck'um Peckham. Very much a throwback name. I quite like Kingston Cannonball that Cult of Hockey uses for Taylor Hall, though it doesnt roll off the tongue as well.

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#25 Chris.
July 23 2011, 10:33AM
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@Lowetide

I simply cannot believe you neglected to mention the MVP himself: The Great Bulin Wall.

Shame on you LT.

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#26 Darryl Ross
July 23 2011, 10:55AM
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I cant say for sure but I remember when I thought Grant Fuhrs nickname Coco was because of the color of his skin. THen we found out about his drug abuse problem. Dbl meaning?!? There was another nickname from one of the old Oilers that I probably shouldnt mention that nobody probably knows about.ANd is in very poor taste if I did. One of the boys had a similar drug reference nickname that rhymes with his last name.Thats all I will say! My brother in law used to have the gang down at his farm to go hunting. Slats used to bring the guys down all the time so he got to know a lot of them well.

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#27 oobespoons
July 23 2011, 11:12AM
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Boom Boom and Hounddog are some of my favorites!

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#28 John Chambers
July 23 2011, 12:23PM
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Some forgotten currents. This is easier than the last quiz, but a lifetime supply of paperclips to the sir or madam who can name these ten players:

The Mule, The Great 8, The Mullet, The sisters, the little fake artist, Big Buff, The Boogieman, the Allergy, and finally, the Loner (because nobody wants him on their All-Star team).

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#29 Quicksilver ballet
July 23 2011, 12:40PM
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The Grim Reaper Stu Grimson.

Gil Bad News Bilodeau.

Rammer, Rob Ramage.

Don Smokey McLeod

Ryan Stealth Nugent-Hopkins.

Robert Bubbles Nilsson

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#30 Quinn the Eskimo
July 23 2011, 01:25PM
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Big Sexy (Souray) Razor (Ferraro) Gorgeous George (Laraque) Cujo (Joseph) Killer (Gilmour) The Rocket (Richard) The Hammer (Shultz) A$$hole! (Billy Smith)*

*That last one may be specific to my house in the early 80's

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#31 OilFan
July 23 2011, 02:35PM
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The flower ?

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#32 Ryan
July 23 2011, 03:37PM
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Lowetide wrote:

Thanks, David. That's the general idea, find interesting people who maybe don't have a voice outside of the blogs, etc and turn them loose.

Totally agree Mr. Staples. Lowetide fills a void and adds a dynamic dimension to Oiler coverage in Edmonton. He rules.

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#33 bigrroberto
July 23 2011, 03:40PM
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D-Train. All though I'm not so sure that suited him all that well...

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#34 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
July 23 2011, 03:55PM
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"The Russian Rocket" was a good one.

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#35 RLH
July 23 2011, 04:05PM
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Russian Rocket was good, yes.

I'm trying to remember if his brother (Pavel) ended up with a public nickname.

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#36 Hemmertime
July 23 2011, 04:22PM
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Dan the Man wrote:

Jason Smith - Gator

One of my favorites. I'm also hoping Pecker catches on for Theo Peckham.

I also thought weird he didnt include

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#37 Walter Sobchak
July 23 2011, 05:30PM
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How about my favorite Dave " The Hammer" schultz

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#38 Butters
July 23 2011, 06:08PM
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what about Gary "Suitcase" Smith?

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#39 oilerman53
July 23 2011, 06:28PM
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What about Jordan Eberle? Gaptooth?

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#40 Stack Pad Save
July 23 2011, 07:41PM
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gaptooth is already taken as one of the pseudonyms of the human rake

...If only big sexy wasn't already taken, it fits Jordan "Big Sexy" Eberle ... Man Crush ...

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#41 Saytalk
July 23 2011, 08:04PM
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My favourite is Jovocop (Ed Jovonovski).

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#42 DSF
July 23 2011, 08:40PM
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Tom "Pumps" Gilbert

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#43 Harlie
July 23 2011, 09:20PM
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or from down the highway..

Lanny the Fuzz Moostachio

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#44 @NateInVegas
July 23 2011, 11:13PM
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Jari Kurri should have been known as "The Greatful One".

"Rusty" Klefbom has a nice sound to it..

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#45 Oil Fan in Van
July 23 2011, 11:35PM
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First post :)

Henri "Pocket Rocket" Richard

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#46 Blue Blooded
July 24 2011, 01:12AM
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Lucky Luke Robataille, Rosey for Mike Grier and of course "the Boogeyman"

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#47 Wax Man Riley
July 24 2011, 01:39AM
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I have also heard one from the family member of a very famous Oiler. I will not name names, but they called one of the guys in the locker room "The Myth"

That is all I will say about that.

One of my favorites was always "Boom Boom" Geoffrion.

Who else thinks nicknames are lame now? Smytty, Hemmer, Horc. Nothing original? Or just no one really deserving of a nickname anymore?

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#48 Wax Man Riley
July 24 2011, 01:42AM
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Blue Blooded wrote:

Lucky Luke Robataille, Rosey for Mike Grier and of course "the Boogeyman"

Wasn't Rosey Grier Mike's father?

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#49 Wax Man Riley
July 24 2011, 01:46AM
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John Chambers wrote:

Some forgotten currents. This is easier than the last quiz, but a lifetime supply of paperclips to the sir or madam who can name these ten players:

The Mule, The Great 8, The Mullet, The sisters, the little fake artist, Big Buff, The Boogieman, the Allergy, and finally, the Loner (because nobody wants him on their All-Star team).

lol.. are those for real? Or did you make some up?

The Mule(???), The Great 8(Ovechkin), The Mullet(Smyth), The sisters(Sedins), the little fake artist (escapes me right now....Savard?), Big Buff(Byfuglin), The Boogieman(Boogard), the Allergy(Poti?), and finally, the Loner(Kessel)

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#50 Shapeman
July 24 2011, 01:54AM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

lol.. are those for real? Or did you make some up?

The Mule(???), The Great 8(Ovechkin), The Mullet(Smyth), The sisters(Sedins), the little fake artist (escapes me right now....Savard?), Big Buff(Byfuglin), The Boogieman(Boogard), the Allergy(Poti?), and finally, the Loner(Kessel)

The Mule is Franzen and I'm gonna guess the little fake artist is Burrows

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