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."

Nation Radio is on Team 1260 at noon Edmonton time today. A very interesting group is scheduled to appear:

  • Kent Wilson from the Nations sites, Hockey Prospectus and the Score. Kent scored a new gig with the Nations that will see him add a lot of impressive content across the board. We’ll also discuss the Jets, Calgary’s efforts to have many, many men over 35 on their opening night roster and some other fun things.
  • Scott Reynolds from Copper and Blue. The C&B folks are doing their top 25 under 25 and we’ll discuss that and some Oiler related news (and if we have time touch on the NW division for 11-12).
  • Corey Graham, play by play man for the Edmonton Oil Kings and host of Edmonton Sports Night live on Team 1260. I’ll ask Corey about the Oil Kings and their chances in 11-12, we’ll talk a little about the World Juniors and touch base on the sweeping changes that we’ve seen in the dub this summer.
  • Gabriel Desjardins, one of the true innovators in the field of advanced stats. Gabriel is an interesting character and we’ll discuss the return of his Jets to Winnipeg (well not really, but the Jets are back!) the moves made by the team so far and a couple of interesting articles he’s written recently. 

Questions and comments are welcome at and I hope you can tune in.