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Hockey and Figure Skating Nicknames

The big excitement here recently has been the return of Connor McDavid to the Edmonton Oilers lineup after he broke his collarbone.  I laughed aloud when the radio called him Connor McBroken, and that started me thinking about the cool nicknames we give to athletes.

In hockey, it’s very common.  In fact, it’s more uncommon NOT to have a nickname. Some players just get shortened squishy versions of their names, and some players get really cool nicknames.  Every great hockey player has been given a nickname.

Here are some of the good hockey ones:

  • Wayne Gretzky:  The Great One
  • Mario Lemieux:  The Magnificent One, Super Mario
  • Eric Lindros:  The Next One
  • Sidney Crosby:  Sid the Kid, The Next One
  • Connor McDavid:  Connor McSaviour, Connor McBroken, The Next One
  • Pavel Bure:  The Russian Rocket
  • Teemu Selanne: The Finnish Flash
  • Nikolai Khabibulin:  The Bulin Wall
  • Domenik Hasek:  The Dominator
  • Alexander Ovechkin:  Ovie, The Great Eight
  • Curtis Joseph:  Cujo
  • Johnny Gaudreau:  Johnny Hockey

In figure skating, I really don’t see much of this happening.  Maybe it’s more of a team sport thing or maybe just a North American thing to do.  Here are the only ones I could think of in the sport of figure skating.  Oh and by the way, when I say “nicknames”, I’m not talking about what an athlete’s name means in their culture, I’m just talking about fun names that special athletes are given by their peers, fans or the media:

  • Yuzuru:  Yuzu, Mushroom, Mushy (see below), The Prince
    • The easy one is Yuzu, but that is just a shortened version of his real name, so I don’t really want to call that a “fun” nickname.  Now, when he was younger, Kanako used to call him “Mushroom” due to his mushroom style haircut that was inspired by his idol, Evgeny Plushenko.  As far as we know, Yuzu didn’t really like this nickname, however the nickname “The Prince” seems to fit him perfectly!!!


  • Nam Nguyen: Namnamnoodle
    • Nam calls himself Namnamnoodle as his twitter and instagram handle but I haven’t been able to uncover what this is about, maybe just being tall and skinny.
  • Javier Fernandez: Javi, just a shortened name, no special nickname
  • Denis Ten: D10
  • Evgeny Plushenko: Plushy, The King
    • The cutest names I have seen are “Plushy and Mushy (yuzu)” used together in reference to the 2 mushroom haircut styles, but the “mushy” never really stuck on Yuzu.

Plushy Mushy

Other skaters that have or have been given nicknames:

  • Brian Orser:  Mr Triple Axel
  • Yuna Kim:  Queen Yuna
  • Maia and Alex Shibutani:  Shibsibs
  • Andrew Poje and Caitlin Weaver have been given a squishy name:  Weapo

I’m sure there are a few more, if you have any that you want to share, please send me a comment!!  Johnny Weir has one, but I didn’t want to put it here.

In an unrelated topic, I just received my Worlds tickets, and am SOOO super excited!!! Cannot wait to see Yuzu in person again!!  What a dream!

Go Yuzu Go!!  Doki Doki!





15 comments on “Hockey and Figure Skating Nicknames

  1. casaroza
    February 10, 2016

    How about Tiny Queen for Satoko?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Golfbarbie
    February 10, 2016

    McBroken is hilarious but I thought they calls him McJesus?

    Liked by 1 person

    • sportymags
      February 10, 2016

      Yup, McJesus is one of them as well, but they are trying to get away from that one. There are even online polls on what to name him, its crazy!


  3. Yuzurist-Japan
    February 11, 2016

    In Japan, many fans call Daisuke Takahashi ‘Dai-chan” and Mao Asada “Mao-chan.” In our language, this sounds like “little Daisuke” or “little Mao.” They have been stars here since they were very young, so we use the words with a lot of attachment/affections to them. We usually use “chan” only for close friends or little children.
    About Yuzu, however, many fans call him “Hanyu-kun” (“kun” is usually used for young boys, but it is a neutral word that doesn’t suggest any feelings behind) and I have never heard somebody called him “Yuzu-chan.” In my opinion, Yuzu has a smart and self-deciplined image since he was younger, so “chan” does not suit him. It does not fit for someone who has a hate-to-lose character like him.
    Some fans call Plushenko “Plu-sama.” “Sama” is used for a person in a very high position like a king or feudal lord.
    Wow, it was like a Japanese lesson…..

    Liked by 1 person

    • sportymags
      February 11, 2016

      😊. Thanks!!


      • Yuzurist-Japan
        February 12, 2016

        Sorry, I found a mistake in my English….Yuzu is “self-disciplined”…


  4. Mina
    February 13, 2016

    My favorite nickname is “Aniki” or “Lipnitskaya Aniki” for Yuria Lipnitskaya.
    ( mean is elder brother or big bro in Japanese, often used in Yakuza movie
    for the someone who is respectable and dependable position)
    Because she is so cool even though she is so young. and has kind of attitude
    In a cool way and doesn’t smile much. I saw this nickname when she was maybe 15, what a cute Aniki!

    By the way I love your blog!! My life with Yuzu was so heart warming.
    My life also has changed since I know Yuzu so I”m happy to read other’s life after Yuzu. Thank you for sharing !!

    Liked by 1 person

    • sportymags
      February 13, 2016

      Thanks for the info on Aniki! Thats very cute! Thanks for visiting my blog!! ❤️


  5. the50-person
    February 14, 2016

    Yuzu’s also known as Zettai Ouja (in English: Absolute Champion) ;D

    Liked by 1 person

  6. the50-person
    February 14, 2016

    I suspect that Nam uses namnamnoodle due to NamNam Noodle Bar being an actual Vietnamese noodle restaurant. And Nam is ethnically Vietnamese.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Mina
    February 24, 2016

    I also liked the commentator called Satoko “Miss Perfect” at last week’s 4CC

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Jessica dann
    October 16, 2017

    Mao Asada nickname is ( The ice queen triple axel ) that what NBC reporter called her like that and also in Vancouver 2010 they announced the nickname of her ❤️❤️❤️💕✌🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🦋🦋🦋🏅🏅⛸⛸in 2016 world we called her ( madame butterfly ) 🦋


  9. Jessica dann
    October 16, 2017

    Also the Olympic called her ( The champion maker )

    Liked by 1 person

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