Over the last 96 years, there have certainly been lots of unique characters who have donned the Spoked-B. As a result, those players earned plenty of colorful nicknames.
Some of these nicknames have been created by the fanbase, others by the media, but most come from the players themselves.
Some nicknames make perfect sense, as they accurately capture a player’s attributes or style of play, while others just seem completely random, or in true hockey fashion, just add an “-sy” to the end of a player’s name.
For players, nicknames can have great importance, as they’re often a sign of trust and friendship, which are two key components of successful organizations.
For fans, players’ nicknames offer a sort of intimacy with their favorite players that also allows them to be a part of a community that is joined by pseudonyms, hockey jargon, and of course their love for the game.
As nicknames have been around seemingly as long as teammates have existed, and because Bruin history is full of amusing nicknames, it’s time to choose the best Bruin nickname of all time.
The players (and their nicknames) have been divided into 3 categories: Current Bruins, Recent Bruins (last 20 years or so), and Old School Bruins.
(The Bruins have had a ton of players over the years...if we missed any, add them in the comments!)
David Pastrnak - Pasta
Brad Marchand - Marchy / Little Ball of Hate / Nose Face Killah
Patrice Bergeron - St. Patrice / Bergy
Tuukka Rask - Tuuks
Zdeno Chara - Big Z
Chris Wagner - Mayor of Walpole/Wags
Jake DeBrusk - Jek the Snek
Milan Lucic - Looch
Anton Khudobin - Dobby
Gregory Campbell - Soupy
Adam McQuaid - Darth Quaider
Carl Söderberg - One-Eyed Yeti
Johnny Boychuk - Destroychuk / Johnny Rocket
Rich Peverley - Raptor Jesus
Mark Recchi - Recchin’ Ball
Mark Savard - Savvy
Andrew Raycroft - Rayzor
Sergei Samsonov - Mighty Mouse
Tim Thomas - Tank
Old School Bruins
Cam Neely - Bam Bam Cam
Phil Esposito - Espo
Ken Linseman - The Rat
Johnny Bucyk - The Chief (definitely not politically correct)
Rick Middleton - Nifty
Eddie Shore - The Edmonton Express
Chris Nilan - Knuckles
Bobby Orr - Number 4
Gerry Cheevers - Cheesie
Terry O’Reilly - Taz
Derek Sanderson - Turk
Frank Brimsek - Mister Zero
Don Cherry - Grapes
There are definitely no shortage of options for best nickname in Bruins history.
Have your say in the comments!
Which is your favorite?