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NHL needs more nicknames

Updated: January 29, 2004, 2:10 PM ET
By Adam Proteau | The Hockey News

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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