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Canadiens' Xhekaj has a great nickname and is hardly alone in the NHL

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Rookie defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens Arbor Zekai Scored his first NHL goal on Saturday. If you read it and don’t know how to work on pronouncing that surname, you’re not alone.

In fact, my teammates have given Xhekaj the awesome nickname of ‘Wi-Fi’.

The Xhekaj surname is a good fit as it resembles a combination of random characters that your internet provider issues as a password to connect your device to their network.

So this got us thinking: What other nicknames in the current NHL era are unique and fit perfectly?

Never go too far back in time or run out of Internet space (nicknamed Rocket Richard, but staying up to date).

Also, assume you know who “The Great One” and “Super Mario” are. [both incredible nicknames, by the way] As such, I’m only highlighting the current more recent creative nicknames.

We reserve the right to add to this list at any time, not all current nicknames.

artemi panarin“Bread Man”
Sounds like Panera Bread, a successful chain of stores that uses bread in its logo. The New York Rangers forward was originally called that by the Chicago Blackhawks. handed out his bobblehead holding bread

Shane Gostisvihear“Ghost Bear”
If in doubt, summarize a few syllables. Gostisbehere is currently based in Arizona. He plays for the Coyotes and is popular with the Philadelphia Flyers. Scoring at the team’s hockey Halloween night celebration.

Wayne Simmons“Wayne Train”
Rhymes always work. But when you factor in the ferocious style that the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Toronto Maple Leafs forward plays, it’s precision that makes the rhythm work.

Marc André Fleury“flower”
The etymology of his surname is responsible for this nickname [not unlike Hall of Fame forward Guy Lafleur, called ‘the Flower’]but the Minnesota Wild goalie is known to light up any room while also being a thorn in the future scorer’s side.

Joe Thornton,”jumbo”
At 6 feet 4 inches and 220 pounds, this has always been about the same size, but did a great job for someone who chose jumbo instead of something like ‘big joe’.

Pat Maroon“Big Rig”
Again, a 6-3, 238 lb. Tampa Bay Lightning forward, three-time Stanley Cup champion could have been simpler, but how much fun is Big Rig? , Maroons could be seen towing 18-wheelers in multiple states.

Charlie McAvoy“Chucky Bright Lights”
You can earn this kind of nickname by staying active in big games like the Boston Bruins defense. Also, who doesn’t like calling a guy named Charlie, Chucky?

Justin Williams“Mr. Game 7”
Speaking of hitting big spots, the 19-season NHL veteran, who won two Stanley Cups with the Los Angeles Kings and one Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes, won nine in Game 7 of his career. Participated. In these nine games, he recorded his seven goals and his 15 points as his team won his 8-1. Very appropriate.

Henrik Lundqvist“King Henrik”
Transfer to King Carl XVI Gustaf. When NHL fans mention the King of Sweden, they directly think of the legendary New York Rangers goalie. Of course, Sweden ended her absolute monarchy in the early 18th century, but there was no doubt who ruled the fold of his garden in Madison Square for 15 straight seasons.