August 05, 2016

The Name Game

There are no shortage of hockey players with some very interesting names. Hakan Loob, pictured below, has to be near the top of everyone's list. Here's just a few more examples:

Bubba Berenzweig
Maxim Bets
Robin Big Snake
Radek Bonk
Per Djoos
Graham Drinkwater
"Izzy" Goodenough
"Ulcers" McCool
Ziggy Palffy
Cory Pecker
Larry Playfair
Rockett Power
Fido Purpur
Bill Quackenbush
Wacey Rabbitt
Pokey Reddick
Fred Saskamoose
Bruce Shoebottom
Kari Takko
Darcy Wakaluk

Who do you like? Post it in the comments section!

Another great name comes from the 1920s, and that would be long forgotten Hall of Famer Cooney Weiland.

1929-30 was a season for the ages for Weiland. Playing on the "Dynamite Line" with Dit Clapper and Dutch Gainor, Weiland led the Bruins to the league's best mark. In the first season that forward passing was allowed, the Bruins went 38-5-1. Much of that great result was due to Cooney's great play. He destroyed Howie Morenz's record of 51 points in a season by scoring 43 goals and 73 points in 44 games. He also led all playoff scorers in scoring, though the Bruins could not win a second consecutive championship.

Weiland would win two Stanley Cup championships as a player, and one as a coach. As good as he was on the ice, he may have been even more legendary behind the bench. While he coached for a decade at the NHL and AHL levels, he may be best known as the head coach at Harvard University. Weiland remained at Harvard for 21 years, compiling a 316-172-17 record.


Unknown said...

Zarley Zalapski!

Ricig said...

though it probably doesn't rank with the others on this list, i was always a big Ilkka Sinisalo fan.

glynn said...

I always liked Sprague Cleghorn, Sheldon Kannegiesser and Bart Crashley. Of course, there are always the Manson's, Rumble's, Savage's, Butcher's....

Mike said...

Big IHL star Jock Callander!