How the Blackhawks got their nicknames
Hockey players can have lightning speed, nimble hands and a net-ripping slapshot, but if they don't have a nickname, they don't really have anything.
You've got to have a nickname in hockey, a sport that hands them out like no other. RedEye asked several Blackhawks about the origins of their alternative monikers and their favorites on the team.Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye Sports' Facebook page.
Jonathan "Taser" Toews( Nuccio DiNuzzo/Tribune / March 18, 2013 )
How long have you been referred to as "Taser?"
"Since I walked in here. I'd never been called 'Taser' or anything to do with my last name in my life before I came to Chicago. I was always 'Johnny' or 'JT' and now it's 'Taser.' And … somehow the whole 'Captain Serious' thing came out of the woodwork, but hopefully that's very forgettable."
That one's still hanging around in here?
"Yeah, a little too much."
Is there kind of an unwritten code for assessing nicknames?
"I don't think there's really a 'code,' or anything. It's just when you have a new player come on your team, you almost feel uncomfortable calling him by his real name. You need to find something for him quick, so you can kind of initiate him and have him be one of the boys."
Who's got the most fun hockey name to say on the team?
"I like to call 'Kaner' [Patrick Kane] … 'Little Peekaboo.'
"I don't know … just because of 'PK,' that's kind of where that comes from."
Jamal Mayers says guys are starting to call Kane "Kanye" now …
" 'Kanye?' Well, we like to call 'Jammer' [Jamal Mayers] 'Jam Diggity,' too. That's my favorite one. 'Jam Diggity.' It's just like that song, 'No Diggity.' It fits 'Jammer.'"