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#2579041 What's with the "giving players hamster names" obsession?

Posted by 55fan on Yesterday, 07:18 PM

Dastyuk is Copperfield because he's a magician

Zetterberg is Tank, as in Hank the Tank

Franzen is China, because he's become so fragile

Tatar is Fish Sticks because Tartar sauce goes with fish sticks

Sheahan Tubby, because of that Teletubby costume

Abdelkader is Landers, because Abby=Dear=Abby like Ann Landers

Andersson is Wes, as in Wes Andersson, maker of over rated movies that are purported to be comedies

Cleary is Grand Pappy, he just sits and doesn't do much except talk

Cole is Garlic Bread

Glendening is Man Cave, because Den is the old word for Man Cave

Helm is Wheel, Helm=ship's wheel

Jurco is O'Berto, a type of beef jerky Jurco=Jerky

Miller is Suds=beer

Nyquist is Mouse, Gus was one of Cinderella's mouse friends

Weiss is GPS because he needs to find a place

Dekeyser is Parton, DD=big boobs, which is what Dolly Parton is known for

Ericsson is Elephant, big thing starts with E

Kindl is Redhead, he's Babcock's red-headed stepchild

Kronwall is Money, Kronwall=Kronner=Norwegian money

Marchenko is Rabbit=March Hare

Quincey is and always will be KFQ

Smith is NAGAR, Not As Good As Reilly (pronounced Nah-Gar, we're not racist here!)

Zidlicky is Czechfalski, like a Czech version of Rafalski

Howard is Pizza, Hungry Howie's

Gustavsson is GG=Glass Groin

Why is Cole Garlic Bread?  Why not Slaw?

#2578249 What's with the "giving players hamster names" obsession?

Posted by 55fan on 04 March 2015 - 01:24 PM

Butter'n Mashpotater?

#2578003 What's with the "giving players hamster names" obsession?

Posted by 55fan on 03 March 2015 - 02:48 PM

I find this hilarious since I name my hamsters after Red Wings.


Anyway, as previously stated, the players refer to each other by nicknames and we pick up on it.


Sometimes we make up our own, but usually it falls to whatever we hear them saying in interviews.


In some cases, it is easier and shorter.  When a player is new, a difficult name can be tough to spell.  Referring to a player as Abby can save time until people learn to spell Abdelkader.  People still can't spell Valtteri Filppula, nor can half of them pronounce it.  Val, on the other hand, requires no trips to the Wings' website.

Add in that Swedes usually double the S in names ending in "son" whereas other Scandinavians may not, and that some people of Swedish descent have eliminated the double S after living in the US for generations.  It's nice to have a nickname so as not to have to go back and check.


If there is more than one player with the same name, it can avoid confusion, although we rarely have the trouble.  Just throwing it out there.


Sometimes it's just to make typing easier.  We all know to whom we're referring when we say Z, Q, XO, or E. 


I think the first response had the correct answer:  It's a hockey thing.

#2574920 2/26 GDT : Red Wings 3 at San Jose Sharks 2

Posted by 55fan on 26 February 2015 - 12:45 AM

Pretty amazing, Mikey.  You can go flex in a mirror and say, "Yeah, I'm that awesome."  Well, you could, but I doubt it's your style.


Score early and often, Wings.

#2574908 Name That Band

Posted by 55fan on 25 February 2015 - 09:52 PM



Mr. Underwood and the fellows at the garage.

#2574437 Name That Band

Posted by 55fan on 24 February 2015 - 05:48 PM

Men Without Hats


(can you tell we're about the same age?)


Haliaeetus leucocephalus  (and relatives thereof)

#2574406 Name That Band

Posted by 55fan on 24 February 2015 - 02:56 PM

Golden Earring


An abode exceeding the comfortable capacity.

#2574402 2/24 GDT : Red Wings 0 at Kings 1

Posted by 55fan on 24 February 2015 - 02:50 PM

Nice GDT, Mikey.


We shall prevail.

#2572610 Does Kenny Hate Mickey?

Posted by 55fan on 20 February 2015 - 11:48 AM

Mickey only sounds as drunk as I am.

#2572415 This or That

Posted by 55fan on 19 February 2015 - 06:06 AM

Is there an address you can post for people to send them directly to the doctor?  I've heard of doctors doing this before.  From what I understand, they cash in the tabs at a recycling place.  The tabs are denser than the cans so they bring in a higher price without the bulk of collecting cans.  So, if people wanted to, they could cash in their own tabs and send the money. :)


(Nice segue, by the way.)


Whipped topping or ice cream on you pie?

#2571638 This or That

Posted by 55fan on 18 February 2015 - 06:19 AM

I'll take neither too.


Flowering plants or leafy plants (for indoors)?

#2571400 How the Fathers Trip began

Posted by 55fan on 17 February 2015 - 12:13 AM

I know I'd love to go along on a trip, just to see what it was like.  If it was my son, it would be even better.  I'm glad this has caught on.

#2571050 Steve Montador Found Dead At His Home

Posted by 55fan on 15 February 2015 - 11:25 PM

They are now saying "natural causes". 


Life is short, no matter how long you live.  May his friends and family find peace and solace in their memories of him.

#2570951 Steve Montador Found Dead At His Home

Posted by 55fan on 15 February 2015 - 01:34 PM

Your right ... Just with what's been happening last few years that's the first thought that same to my mind ... And I checked his hockeydb and says he was in the khl last yr and he wasn't playing this season

Can't help but think he was depressed and took his own life ... Either way it's sad

Well find out soon enough what happened


It does come to mind after losing Boogaard and others recently.   Aneurysms came to my mind first since one of the sweetest kids I ever babysat had one last month in her 30's.  It wasn't fatal, but was close and now she has a hard, uphill battle remaining.

#2570929 Steve Montador Found Dead At His Home

Posted by 55fan on 15 February 2015 - 12:30 PM

s*** isn't he still in his 30s?? Had to be suicide or something to do with drugs

Not necessarily.  Rare things such as aneurysms can happen at any age.