CHICAGO (AP) - Anyone who has ever played a sport knows that nicknames are part of the game, a byproduct of both competition and camaraderie. But hockey players have taken it to an art form. From the littlest mite to the NHL's biggest stars, everyone's got a moniker - and usually more than one.
Tazer. Little Ball of Hate. The Great One. Sid the Kid. Looch, aka Gino. The Bulin Wall. Kells.
Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews (TAVES), also known as "Tazer," says hockey players adopt nicknames because they're "probably acting a little bit younger than they should and goofing around."
But they're also a nod to hockey's history, a reminder that no matter how big the NHL becomes, it's not that far removed from its roots in small towns and backyard ponds.
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