What the hell? Just got back from the store and saw the score. What happened?
They signed McGrattan and Parros this morning to replace Cole and Sheahan in the lineup. There were multiple fights, 2 bench clearing brawls, and half the Tampa lineup is out for the season after they got their asses handed to them. The tough guys even scared the s*** out of the puck. They just looked at it and it jumped over the goal line 4 times out of fear.
That was gold, someone should resurrect it. Too ironic after the tweet on TSN about Lupul that caused a stir (but probably amused Sean Avery).
Here you go...
Au contraire , mon ami: I've got Jen Murphy, known across our hockey league as The Jenerator. As a defensive pairing, our goalie once informed us that we'd gone 11 games in a row without getting scored upon. Murph is a Class IV white water kayaker. An excellent mountain biker. Restored her own 63 Volvo. Dabbles in triathlons. Is too smart to ever go out with Avery or Phanuef. And most relevantly, is a huge Red Wing fan.
Cuthbert would be fun for a long weekend, but as far as a lifetime goes, I've got the trump card.
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.