75 All-Time NHL Greats and Their Iconic Hockey Nicknames

NHL is all about having a great time and creating memories. Every time you watch your favorite player perform, it’s a thrilling experience that will always be remembered. It is even more exciting when these players have unique nicknames – this is very common in hockey! Coaches, teammates and announcers often give individuals their nickname, and they stick around for years! This adds an extra layer of fun and excitement to the game. 

Everyone knows some iconic names – like Wayne Gretzky, widely known as “The Great One”. There have been plenty of other nicknames over the years that have become just as legendary. Let’s look at 75 of the most memorable players and their nicknames. Also, don’t worry if we missed your favorite player. We will add another post for more nicknames! We’ve also compiled a list of common hockey terms that you should be familiar with.

NHL’s Iconic Players with their Popular Nicknames

Player Name Nickname
1. Sid AbelOld Boothouse
2. Andy BathgateTubby
3. Jean BeliveauLe Gros Bil
4. Max BentleyDipsy-Doodle-Dandy
5. Toe Blakethe Old Lamplighter
6. Milky BossySnipper Bossy
7. Ray BourqueBubba
8. Johnny BoweThe China Wall
9. Turk BrodaTurkey Egg
10. Martin BrodeurMarty, Satan’s Wallpaper, Uncle Daddy
11. Johnny BucykChief
12. Pavel BureThe Russian Rocket
13. Chris CheliosChelly, Honey Nut, Cheli
14. King ClancyKing
15. Paul CoffeyThe Doctor
16. Charlie ConacherThe Big Bomber
17. Yvan CournoyerThe Roadrunner
18. Pavel DatsyukPavs, The Magician
19. Alex DelvecchioFats
20. Marcel DionneLittle Beaver
21. Ken DrydenThe Thinker, four-story goalie
22. Phil EspositoTrader Phil
23. Peter ForsbergPeter the Great, Foppa
24. Grant FuhrCoco
25. Bernie GeoffrionBoom-Boom
26. Wayne Gretzky The Great One, The Great Gretzky, Gretz, Douglas, Doug
27. Glenn HallMr Goalie
28. Dominik HasekDominator, Hašan
29. Tim HortonSuperman
30. Gordie HoweMr. Hockey
31. Bobby HullThe Golden Jet
32. Brett HullThe Golden Brett
33. Tony EspositoTony O
34. Jaramir JagrMario. Jr
35. Patrick KaneShowtime
36. Duncan KeithDuncs, Jigsaw
37. Ted KennedyTeeder
38. Juri KurriFinnish Flash
39. Elmer LachThe Nokomis Flash
40. Guy LafleurThe Flower, Le Démon Blond
41. Pat LaFontaine Donut
42. Mario LemieuxThe Magnificent One, Le Magnifique, Super Mario, Ace
43. Nicklas LidstromLids, The Perfect Human
44. Ted LindsayTerrible Ted
45. Al MacInnisChopper
46. Frank MahovlichThe Big M
47. Mark Messier Moose, The Messiah, The Captain
48. Stan Mikita Stosh, Stan The Man
49. Mike ModanoMo, Mikey Mo, Mighty Mo, Magic Mo
50. Dickie MooreDigging Dickie
51. Howie MorenzThe Stratford Streak, The Mitchell Meteor
52. Joe NieuwendykNieuwy, Nieuws, Nieuwsy
53. Bobby OrrKing Karl, EK65, The Swedish Bobby Orr
54. Alex Ovechkinthe Great Eight
55. Jacques Plante Jake the Snake
56. Henri RichardThe Pocket Rocket
57. Maurice RirchardThe Comet
58. Luc RobitailleLucky
59. Larry RobinsonBig Bird
60. Patrick RoyCasseau, Saint Patrick, The Wall
61. Joe SakicBurnaby Joe, Super Joe, Mr Clutch
62. Borje SalmingThe King
63. Serge Savard The Senator
64. Terry SawchukUke, Ukie
65. Milt SchmidtUncle Milty
66. Teemu SelanneThe Finnish Flash, Teukka Salama
67. Eddie Shore Old Blood and Guts, Mr. Hockey, The Edmonton Express
68. Billy SmithBattlin’ Billy
69. Peter StastnyPeter the Great
70. Scott StevensCaptain Crunch
71. Mats SundinSudden
72. Jonathan ToewsTazer, Captain Serious, To-es, Jonathan Toes, Jonny, Captain Veggie, Captain Planet
73. Bryan TrottierTrots
74. Georges VezinaThe Chicoutimi Cucumber
75. Steve YzermanStevie Wonder, Stevie-Y, The Captain

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