Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels used Wednesday’s CHL’s top prospect’s game to showcase his skills as well as his prodigious last name. Nugent-Hopkins’ slick playmaking ability could one day make him a star in the NHL, thus allowing him to do for the hyphenated name what Hnat Domenichelli once did for players whose names begin with a silent ‘H’. Okay, so maybe Hnat Domenichelli’s career wasn’t so great – but Nugent-Hopkins could very well become the greatest player with a hyphenated last name of all-time.
The NHL has seen a many players with hyphenated names, whether the dash is between a surname or pair of first names. Naturally, we got to thinking about some of the greatest hyphenated names in the history of the NHL and figured we’d put them together in a list. For the purpose of this list we’re looking exclusively at players who have played in the NHL… so you’ll have to wait on seeing the greats like Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Nugent-Hopkins crack our list another day. For purposes that include volume and comedic value, we’ll also include players that have a hyphenated first name.
Here we go:
10. Marc-Andre Fleury
If for no other reason than every good hockey list has to have a goalie or two in it somewhere – and because Frank Pietrangelo isn’t broken up, Marc-Andre Fleury’s two first names are good enough for us.
9. Oliver Ekman-Larsson
The slick Swedish defenceman gets a nod because he’s one of the few that actually included his full last name on his sweater, something hyphen enthusiasts wish was far more common.
8. Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers
The only other goalie you’ll find on this list. “The Drouin Wall” as we like to refer to him may not be playing in the NHL right now, but his pair of double Ds have a helluva ring to them.
7. Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ quest for the greatest hyphenated named player will likely have to go through Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson at some point. Much to our dismay, Magnus opted to include only the Paajarvi portion of his name on his sweater.
6. Pierre-Alexandr Parenteau
This is one of our favourite names of all time, especially when you consider that he formally goes by P.A. Parenteau – which sounds like a French film rating classification.
5. Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
The big Norwegian defenceman only played 163 games in the NHL, but legend has it you can spot his name from Newfoundland on a clear day.
4. Mats Zuccarello-Aasen
What’s not to like about a surname that begins with a ‘Z’ and possesses 16 characters when you include the hyphen. Full marks to Zuccarello-Aasen for sporting his full name on his sweater.
3. Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre
This is the portion of the list where the heavy hitters come out. Double hyphen = double fun! Just look at the way that last name slides down his shoulder… that thing is bigger than Tobias Enstrom!
2. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond
Nobody’s going to poke fun at Letourneau-Leblond’s epic name because if they did he’d punch their blood out.
1. Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla
We’re not making this up, seriously, Google that shit.