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All-Time NHL Nicknames Team

With Andrew “The Hamburglar” Hammond making headlines, it got me thinking about the best NHL nicknames of all time.

So here is my list, organized like the year-end all-star team.

Goalie: Jim Carey – “The Net Detective”

The 1996 Vezina Winner could’ve hired a private investigator to find his missing talent as his career went on the rails shortly thereafter.

Defense: Brian Campbell – “Soupy” 

Get it? Campbell? Soup? I do love that this keeps to the “ie, y, er, s” rule of stereotypical hockey names.

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Defense: Vladimir Konstantinov – “The Vladiator”

A warrior on the ice, his career (and almost his life) was sadly cut short in a 1997 car crash.

Forward: Pat Verbeek – “Little Ball of Hate”

We’re going with the classic on this one. The guy with 1000 career points and almost 3000 career PIM. Screw Brad Marchand.

Forward: Brent Gretzky – “The Other One”

Seriously. It’s bad enough to be burdened with expectation when your brother is Wayne Gretzky… but the nickname caps off a career that fell just 893 goals and 2853 points short of big bro.

Forward: Nazem Kadri – “Nifty Mittens”

Had to have at least one Pierre McGuire-ism on here, and this one’s a beauty.

Honourable mentions: J-S Aubin – “Seabass,” Steve Thomas – “Stumpy,” Peter Bondra – “Bonsai,” Al Arbour – “Radar,” Jean Beliveau – “Le Gros Bil”

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