Throughout the history of the NHL there have been many memorable lines. Some have been lucky enough to have clever and memorable nicknames. These are ten of the best.
The Blackhawk Down Line
Suiting up for the 2003-2004 Philadelphia Flyers on the same line were Jeremy Roenick, Tony Amonte, and Alexei Zhamnov. Stealing the name of the popular war film Blackhawk Down, they used this as the line’s nickname. It worked perfectly as all three had at one point played for the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Crazy Eights Line
Not the most talented line in history, The Crazy Eights still had a good nickname. This line was made up of Philadelphia Flyers Eric Lindros, Mark Recchi, and Brent Fedyk. The nickname came from the player’s numbers 88, 8, and 18.
The Czechs-Mex Line for the Edmonton Oilers was a clever nickname for the trio of Petr Sykora, Ales Hemsky, and Raffi Torres. The nickname came from Sykora and Hemsky both being Czechoslovakians and Torres being of Hispanic descent.
The French Connection
One of the first great lines in hockey history with an equally impressive nickname belongs to the Buffalo Sabres through the 1970s. Gilbert Perrault, Rick Martin, and Rene Robert made up this line. The nickname, The French Connection named after the film, comes from the fact that all three players on the line were of French-Canadian descent.
Hull & Oates
Throughout the 1990s the St. Louis Blues frequently had top goal scorers Brett Hull and Adam Oates playing together. Not a true line and more of a duo, the Hull & Oates nickname was created as a parody of the famous musicians Hall & Oates.
The LAPD Line
The 2001-2002 Los Angeles Kings are the owners of a line with a clever nickname. The LAPD Line, a reference to the local police department, was made up of Jason Allison, Zigmund Palffy, and Adam Deadmarsh. The initials from each player’s last name along with an L at the beginning representing the home city is what helped this nickname come to be.
The Legion of Doom
Sometimes a nickname has less to do with your name or where you are from. Eric Lindros, John LeClair, and Mikael Renberg earned the nickname The Legion of Doom based on the way they played. Continuing a tradition of Philadelphia Flyers hockey, they lived up to their name as dangerous goal scorers not willing to let you knock them down without a fight.
The Mafia Line
In the late 1970s the New York Rangers put together a trio known as The Mafia Line. The line included Phil Esposito, Don Maloney, and Don Murdoch. The origin of this nickname comes from Esposito’s nickname “The Godfather” due to his Italian heritage and the fact that he played with two “Dons” which in the mafia world is the name for the boss.
The Punch Line
Way back when there were still only six teams in the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens had a line known as The Punch Line playing for them in the 1940s. Included were Hector “Toe” Blake, Elmer Lach, and Maurice “Rocket” Richard. During the 1944-1945 season they finished first, second, and third in scoring.
The Sesame Street Line
It’s hard to associate such a sweet children’s show like Sesame Street with the Broad Street Bullies yet one of their toughest lines was known as The Sesame Street Line. Each player was represented by a character on the show. Dave “The Hammer” Schultz was the Grouch, Orest Kindrachuk was Ernie, and Don “Big Bird” Saleski was of course Big Bird.
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