NHL needs more nicknames
In the same way that short, Hawaiian shirt-wearing guys named Bernie have been a staple at local racetracks, so too have nicknames been part and parcel of a pro athlete's life. Nicknames help us feel closer to or, in some cases, superior to the people we fork over obscene amounts of money to see.
But whether you hear the moniker "The Big Hurt" and think of baseball's
Frank Thomas or whether Alexander Karpotsev comes to mind instead, the point
is made: Nicknames further engage fans ...
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