The tales behind Dallas Stars participant nicknames: Del Taco, Nacho, Sammy Sosa and extra
“Hey, Taco!” Oettinger known as out.
Within the reverse nook of the locker room, Oettinger’s finest buddy, Ty Dellandrea, seemed as much as reply. Ever for the reason that Stars went on a team-building retreat final month in Palm Springs, Calif., after the primary recreation of the season, Dellandrea has been “Taco.”
“We had a time without work or one thing and we have been getting back from golf,” Dellandrea stated. “We went to Del Taco as a result of we have been hungry. We simply went as a result of it stated Del Taco and simply cherished it.”
Typically, nicknames in hockey are usually fairly uncreative. They often merely include tacking on one thing on the finish of a reputation, whether or not it’s a “y,” akin to Dellandrea being generally known as “Delly” or “er,” akin to Oettinger being shortened to “Oetter,” though that one specifically has an inherent layer of creativity due to the animal, the otter. Since Ryan Suter’s identify already is brief and ends with an “er,” his widespread nickname all through his profession has been “Sutes.” Including an “es” or “s” on the finish is one other widespread tweak.
There are, nevertheless, some nicknames which are born out of creativity. Even a few of these undergo an evolution. The primary cause Dellandrea earned the nickname in Palm Springs was the “Del” in Del Taco being just like the beginning of his final identify. However over time, the “Del” bought misplaced within the shuffle and now the nickname has been diminished to only “Taco.”
Generally nicknames don’t even need to be inventive, so long as they’re handy.
“Generally there are names, like we had Jiří Hudler right here one 12 months and it’s an advanced identify to say,” Tyler Seguin stated. “So, we known as him George.”
The Athletic went across the Stars’ room to analyze a few of the extra attention-grabbing nicknames. Right here’s what we discovered.
Lundkvist’s nickname with the New York Rangers was fairly commonplace: Nilsy. In Dallas, although, it modified.
“Right here it’s Lundy, or they name me Hank,” Lundkvist stated. “Don’t ask me why. I feel it was my first week and I sat for breakfast with Chubbs (Jamie Benn) and Seggy and so they have been like, ‘Yeah, we’re going to name you Hank,’ so, yeah, in right here, I’m Hank.”
Clearly, the nickname comes from Lundkvist’s final identify being comparable his fellow Swede and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. As Wyatt Johnston remarked when he overheard the dialog: “You simply bought inducted into the Corridor of Fame!”
The purpose of dispute, although, is the place the nickname originated from. Lundkvist recollects first listening to it from Benn and Seguin in his first week in Dallas, however any individual else claims to have provide you with it.
“I got here up with Hank,” Oettinger stated. “I get credit score for that.”
On condition that Oettinger idolized Lundqvist rising up, he deserves the good thing about the doubt.
Johnny is the straightforward nickname that Johnston generally solutions to.
“That’s simply the stereotypical nickname they provide you everytime you go anyplace,” Johnston stated.
However when Johnston was a 19-year-old rookie final 12 months, he was requested by the workforce what his center identify was. Johnston disclosed his nickname and it caught on shortly.
“Chubbs was the primary one to name me Henry,” Johnston stated. “He caught with it. Just a few guys will name me Henry. It’s form of caught on. I prefer it.”
Johnston stated he’s by no means been known as Henry earlier than. His earlier nicknames have been performed off of his final identify, starting with merely being known as “W.” That grew to become a mouthful, although, particularly on the ice when issues are taking place quick, so it bought diminished to “Dub.”
“I used to be Dub for some time,” Johnston stated. “Like, Dub or Dubs. Dibs. One million totally different performs on that.”
A newcomer to Dallas, Metal has a reasonably quick and easy identify. As simple as Sam is, many gamers don’t actually desire to name any of their teammates simply by their first identify. For a lot of North Individuals, it’s extra widespread to do this with European gamers, akin to Miro for Miro Heiskanen, however not as flavorful with a fundamental identify like Sam.
Enter, Sammy Sosa, after the previous baseball star.
“It began final 12 months (in Minnesota),” Metal stated. “I need to say it was (Matt) Dumba. He began calling me that and it form of caught on. Guys right here have been asking me what they have been calling me in Minny.”
Now, there’s quite a lot of choices for Metal’s teammates in Dallas.
“It’s Sam, Sammy, Steeler, Sosa, Sammy Sosa, Soss,” Metal stated. “I reply to all of them.”
Metal stated that the primary time a nickname so out of the field, like Sammy Sosa, will get going, it could actually take slightly little bit of time to be taught to answer it.
“The primary couple of instances, however you get used to it fast,” Metal stated. “You’re across the guys a lot, you get used to it.”
Sticking with the theme of Mexican meals, Joel Hanley is often known as “Nacho.”
One of many assistant coaches within the Rick Bowness regime was Derek Laxdal, who ran the ability play. Joe Pavelski was a participant Laxdal interacted with greater than Hanley. Due to the primary three letter of Hanley’s first identify, gamers would joke and say that Hanley was “not Joe.”
“His identify was not Joe, and it seems like nacho,” Seguin stated. “It caught.”
The simplest model of Seguin’s nickname is the lazy addition of “y” to the tip and being often known as Seggy. Whereas that’s one model, there’s an evolution to it.
“Segs, Seggy, Seggo,” Seguin stated. “It’s Seggo recently, and that’s from (Alexander Radulov). Rads would simply stroll into the room generally simply going loopy, screaming, “SEGOOOOOO!”
Seguin stated his dad’s nickname has been Seggy, but when they’re collectively in public, they’ll each reply to it.
“He’s recognized to be Seggy, I’m Segs or Seggo,” Seguin stated.
One would assume that Evgenii Dadonov has a reasonably easy nickname, going from Dadonov to Daddy. That is likely one of the hottest references that’s used to discuss with him, nevertheless it’s removed from the one one. The widespread theme is the shortening of the second half of his final identify and making an attempt all kinds of letters on the finish of “Dad.” This consists of: Daddo, Dadda, Dads and Daddy.
“While you go to a brand new workforce, it mixes it up,” Dadonov stated. “I keep in mind Chris Wideman known as me Dandy on a regular basis. Guys at all times attempt to provide you with one thing. Pavs calls me Papi generally. I don’t know, from Dad or Daddy to Papa to Papi.”
Papa is a typical one from Dadonov amongst Russians as a result of the literal translation of the phrase “dad” in Russian is “papa.”
Ever since Jamie Benn has been in Dallas, he’s been known as Chubbs. When requested about it, Benn declined to speak about it however did say that “solely sure persons are allowed to name me that.”
“You’re not certainly one of them,” Benn stated.
Tyson Barrie, who’s a defenseman for the Nashville Predators, grew up with Benn, performed junior hockey with him and stays certainly one of his closest pals, stated the origins of the nickname is precisely what one would think about.
“That occurred as a result of he was fats when he was youthful,” Barrie stated with fun. “There’s not far more you’ll be able to say aside from his brother (Jordie Benn) was shredded and in actually good condition and Chubbs was simply form of chubs. It was a chubby Benn.
“That’s been round a very long time. I don’t suppose it’s a must to look a lot additional than physique weight on that one. It form of caught with him, clearly. He shed the child fats however the nickname by no means left him.”
Barrie stated Benn was by no means offended and at all times embraced the nickname.
“It’s form of Benny’s character. He’s a reasonably easy-going, good humorousness man,” Barrie stated. “So long as every little thing is completed with the precise intention, he can just about roll with something. … There’s not many individuals that might disrespect Jamie, and Chubbs was simply form of a fun-loving nickname.”
The widespread nickname for Faksa in Dallas is Faks, only a shortened model of his final identify. In his dwelling nation of Czech Republic, Faksa would usually be known as “Charge-koos.” That nickname didn’t actually catch on in Dallas till fellow Czech Roman Polak grew to become a teammate of Faksa and known as him that.
“Everybody favored it in order that they began calling me ‘Charge-koos,’” Faksa stated.
Ultimately, that grew to become “Charge-koo-seena.”
“Rads was at all times altering the nicknames slightly bit to the Russian variations, so he was saying ‘Charge-koo-seena,’” Faksa stated. “Rads at all times made totally different variations of the nicknames.”
• Pavelski generally goes from Pav or Pavs to Pov. “We have been giving it slightly European combine to him,” Seguin stated.
• Marchment is often known as Mush, which is a nickname that his late father and former NHLer, Bryan Marchment, wore as effectively. Marchment stated that nickname truly started together with his grandfather.
• Matt Duchene is often simply diminished to Dutch or Dutchy and generally prolonged to Dutch Oven. There was a brand new addition, although.
“Chummer is one I bought lately as a result of I name everybody Chum or Chummer,” Duchene stated. “It’s one other phrase for buddy again dwelling, folks name one another Chum or Chummer, so some folks name me that, too. … I’ve my very own set of lingo from my hometown, so guys are beginning to choose up on it and suppose it’s form of humorous so it’s form of turning into form of slightly factor for us.”
• Jason Robertson is shortened to Robo, which is then performed up as a robotic for advertising and marketing functions.
• Thomas Harley is simply Harls, however he was generally known as T-Bone in junior hockey.
• Scott Wedgewood is both shortened to Wedge or Wedgey, or prolonged to Wedgewall.
• Esa Lindell is both known as by his first identify or known as “Lindy.” Roope Hintz has a number of totally different performs on his first identify, both it’s Roops or Roop. Jani Hakanpää is shortened to Hawk.
“I assume everyone simply checked out my identify and so they have been like, ‘We bought to get one thing slightly simpler going,’” Hakanpää stated. “Some guys simply write it ‘Hak’ after which some folks write it as a chicken and add the W. It sounds the identical however after I get a textual content from any individual, I do know which one they’re utilizing.”
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