Actually pasha is pavel in Russian. It's not short, it's the exact same length.
I'm Russian so I'm going to say it like this, Pavel is Russian its not a translation into English from Pasha. Pasha is just another way of saying Pavel, lengthwise it's the same, but Pavel and Pasha are the same name also.
It's like Sam and Sammy, Sammy isn't short for Sam, but a softer way of saying Sam.
I love the nicknames! But agree that they fly more if you are in the actual locker room. Usage probably reflects the fact that I wish I was one of the boys (also term that is used) in the locker room/have been in the past. Sorry if they annoy others but I will definitely continue to be using them!
You forgot pasha for datsyuk, dk for dekeyser. disney.com for glendening, tinky winky for sheahan smitty for Smith and useless for kindl/quincey knees for Cleary...
We're we not doing every nickname?
Not that i care about the great Nickname war of 2014 that's happening right now, but most of these are not technically nicknames- just a way of shortening a players name. Mule is a nickname, so is Tinky Winky, but Pasha is just short for Pavel.
I think the modern athletes have gotten lazy with their nickname giving, now everyone just puts a Y or S at the end of a persons name and bang you have an instant nickname. A nickname isn't instant oatmeal, it should have some real thought or reason behind it.