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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#51 Wax Man Riley
July 24 2011, 02:04AM
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I can't wait to see him play in the bigs, but if RNH shows as well as I have read he does....

What about Ryan "Slick" Nugent-Hopkins?

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#52 Wax Man Riley
July 24 2011, 02:05AM
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What about yours and my favorite....

Not a player anymore, but....

Mr. Dithers??

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#53 @Oilanderp
July 24 2011, 03:23AM
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@Wax Man Riley

#63: Ryan "The Nooooooge" ent-Hopkins

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#54 pelhem grenville
July 24 2011, 04:40AM
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...no moniker for Mario Lemieux ?

...back in the day

little known fact

his nickname was _ _ _ ?

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#55 Archaeologuy
July 24 2011, 07:13AM
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No love for Juicy Rebound Markaanen?

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#56 Harlie
July 24 2011, 08:31AM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

...no moniker for Mario Lemieux ?

...back in the day

little known fact

his nickname was _ _ _ ?

Super Mario

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#57 bleedingoil
July 24 2011, 09:01AM
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Lowetide wrote:

1. Stemmer (Pete Stemkowski) 2. Suitcase (Gary Smith) 3. Night Train 4. Big Bird (Larry Robinson) 5. 'seldom' 6. Red Light (Racicot, can't even remember his first name) 7. Tiger (Dave Williams) 8. King Kong (Jerry Korab) 9. Gump (Lorne Worsley) 10. Cyclone (this should be Taylor Hall)(Taylor, don't remember his first name).

night train was our very own Jason Strudwick, and red lights first name was andre.

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#58 South of Cowtown
July 24 2011, 09:12AM
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Wasn't Lanny known as Furlip?

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#59 bleedingoil
July 24 2011, 09:15AM
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bleedingoil wrote:

night train was our very own Jason Strudwick, and red lights first name was andre.

1) The Eagle 2)Bert 3)Toe 4)the King 5)Grapes 6)the Next One 7) BOOM BOOM 8) No Skill 9) Newsy 10) Bobby Lu 11) Capt Kirk 12) Wizard of Oz 13) Beezer 14) Stevie Wonder.

All these are so obvious and way more common. Should be able to get them all.....

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#60 Jagrbaum
July 24 2011, 09:29AM
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Only because I know Wayne is already thinking this one up....but everytime RNH scores I can see Oilers fans having a Nuuuge Splooge*

* Yes that was dirty, sue me

**Don't actually sue me I have no money

***books 1st class flight to Mexico

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#61 Acumen
July 24 2011, 09:29AM
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1) Eddie Belfour 2) Neckbreakin' Todd 3) Hector Blake 4) Not sure. Marcel Dionne? 5) Don Cherry 6) Eric Lindros, I think 7) Bernie Geoffrion 8) No idea 9) izzat Joe 'No-Knees' Nieuwendyk? 10) Chokeshow Lunogo 11) Kirk McLean 12) No idea 13) John Vanbiesbrouck 14) Steve Yzerman

How'd I do?

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#62 Stack Pad Save
July 24 2011, 10:24AM
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#8 is the oilers teams of the last 15 years

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#63 Pucker
July 24 2011, 10:30AM
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One of my all time favourite Oilers - Jimmy 'ham hands' Harrison!

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#64 Horcsky
July 24 2011, 11:06AM
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@ Lowetide:

Just how does one get a nickname like our friend Mr. Niekamp?

@ Everyone else:

How about "The Macedonian Mauler"? I get the impression that this nickname never really caught on, but it was one that I enjoyed.

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#65 westy
July 24 2011, 11:16AM
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What about Dave "cement head" Semenko? Scored the last goal in the WHA, after all. :-)

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#66 Shapeman
July 24 2011, 11:27AM
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Acumen wrote:

1) Eddie Belfour 2) Neckbreakin' Todd 3) Hector Blake 4) Not sure. Marcel Dionne? 5) Don Cherry 6) Eric Lindros, I think 7) Bernie Geoffrion 8) No idea 9) izzat Joe 'No-Knees' Nieuwendyk? 10) Chokeshow Lunogo 11) Kirk McLean 12) No idea 13) John Vanbiesbrouck 14) Steve Yzerman

How'd I do?

4) Henrik Lundvquist, I think, 12) Probably Osgood

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#67 pelhem grenville
July 24 2011, 02:24PM
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Harlie wrote:

Super Mario

... ACE

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#68 John Chambers
July 24 2011, 06:52PM
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Shapeman wrote:

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

You got 'em all. Fake artist of course Colin Campbell's name for Savard, but props for hanging that moniker on Burrows.

If I were to give a nickname for Burrows it would be The Little B!tch.

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#69 bleedingoil
July 24 2011, 06:59PM
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bleedingoil wrote:

1) The Eagle 2)Bert 3)Toe 4)the King 5)Grapes 6)the Next One 7) BOOM BOOM 8) No Skill 9) Newsy 10) Bobby Lu 11) Capt Kirk 12) Wizard of Oz 13) Beezer 14) Stevie Wonder.

All these are so obvious and way more common. Should be able to get them all.....

1, belfour 2, bertuzzi 3, blake 4, richard brodeur 5, cherry 6, crosby 7, geoffrion 8, hal gill 9, lalonde 10, luongo 11, muller 12, osgoode 13, vanbiesbrouk 14, yzerman!

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#70 John Chambers
July 24 2011, 10:28PM
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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)

Whoops. Sorry Wax Man it was you who had the majority of my list spot on.

I'm glad you picked up on the Allergy. It seemed for a while that Poti was allergic to avoiding turning over the puck.

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#71 Mojo
July 25 2011, 12:59PM
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NUGE-KINS

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