Throughout history nicknames have always been a great part of life, but they’ve been used a ridiculous amount in professional sports. Especially in hockey, I don’t remember the last interview where an NHL player referred to a teammate by their real name. So many nicknames have been passed around the NHL, there have been some good ones and some bad ones. The best ones, for whatever reason always seem to be for goalies. So without further ado, here is my list of The Top 10 ACTIVE NHL goalie nicknames.
10. He’s big, he’s bald, he’s Alex Auld. – Alex Auld, Ottawa Senators Though, it isn’t really a nickname, this saying has been famous while he’s been playing back-up for, well basically every team in the NHL at some point in his career.
9. Flower - Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins With Flower being “La Fleur” in French Marc-Andre Fleury adopted Guy Lafleurs old nickname.
8. Kipper - Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames A nick name he’s been referred to his whole life, a nick name so simple, yet something you’ll never forget. In fact, you’re probably more likely to forget the name Miikka Kiprusoff than you are to forget Kipper.
7. Optimus Reim - James Reimer, Toronto Maple Leafs Despite his struggles as of late, James Reimer won the hearts of Leafs fans last year when he just about led them on a Cinderella run to the playoffs. Reimer had many of nicknames (The Reim minister of defense, Reim time, etc.) but Optimus Reim was by far the best.
6. Captain America - Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres Before this season Ryan Miller was considered one of the best and most consistent goalies in the NHL. I believe that Captain America suits him much better than his more popular nickname of “Miller Time” as people will probably remember him most for the silver medal run that he led the Americans to in The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.
5. Bubbles - Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes Mike Smith holds the great privilege of sharing his name with the actor who played the character “Bubbles” on the Television show: Trailer Park Boys.
4. King Henrik - Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers Even though it’s one of the simplest nicknames on this list, after the really solid and consistent showing he’s put on so far in his career, and after leading the league in shutouts last season, he has earned the title. Although, a cup would make it a hell of a lot more convincing.
3. Rollie The Goalie - Dwayne Roloson, Tampa Bay Lightning Roloson, now 42 years young, almost led his Lightning to the Stanley Cup Finals last year. Despite stopping 37/38 shots in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, his team fell short 1-0 to Boston. Even considering the loss he proved that he’s still got it. The Nickname itself is very fun and a classic.
2. The Halakness Monster - Jaraslov Halak, St. Louis Blues Despite the incredible season St. Louis is having so far, it won’t matter how well they do, he will always be remembered most for the run he took the Habs on in 2010. Upsetting Washington and Pittsburgh to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals. Which was when the name “The Halakness Monster” was born.
1. The Bulin Wall - Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton Oilers Khabibulin, 39, has the best and one of the most popular nicknames in the league, as well as a classic. The clever pun is nothing short of how he has played since his first game, as a member of the old Winnipeg Jets. With a career .908 SV% and 2.71 GAA, he only seems to be getting better with age.