I’ve written other posts in this blog about funny hockey player nicknames. Here’s a couple more. Remember Alex Mogilny? Started with the Sabres after defecting to the West (during the World Junior Christmas Tournament, which was played in North America that year) shortly before the wall came down. He earned the nickname “Choo-Choo” because he was afraid of flying and early in his career, often took the train between cities to games.
Going back much further, there was John “Pieface” MacKenzie of the Bruins in the 70’s. Apparently, he was given the nickname by his teammates because his round face resembled that of a cartoon character with said name on a candy bar rapper of the day. A colourful character always, MacKenzie later became famous for the MacKenzie Choke Dance, a name earned at the end of the 6th game of the Stanley Cup finals in 1972 when the Bruins beat the Rangers on Ranger ice to win the cup. At game’s end, MacKenzie skated to centre ice, raised one arm in a Statue of Liberty pose and raised the other to his neck in a choking jester then jumped around in a circle.