Best NHL Team Nicknames

Nicknames are common in the world of sports, and hockey is no exception. People primarily think of the nicknames given to the players, but this list compiles the best nicknames given to any of the many NHL teams, past and present.

The Top Ten

1 "Broad Street Bullies" - Philadelphia Flyers

This nickname actually originated when, after a loss to the Penguins, the flyers players were caught on broad street with Bulldogs. There was a cover up.

The name represents the darkest age of hockey, but is the name ever catchy. - BKAllmighty

2 "Les Habitants" or "The Habs" - Monteal Canadiens

I almost always call the Canadiens by their nickname "The Habs". - BKAllmighty

It is pure canadien

3 "Toronto Maple Laughs" - Toronto Maple Leafs

Being a Leafs fan, myself, I have never used this name. I'm sure it is popular elsewhere. - BKAllmighty

4 "Big Bad Bruins" - Boston Bruins

Same idea as the Broad Street Bullies. The Bruins used to be, and occasionally are still, a rough-cut team. - BKAllmighty

5 "Detroit Dead Wings" - Detroit Red Wings

A popular nickname given to the team during their weaker years (1967-1982). Clearly this name is not commonly used these days. - BKAllmighty

6 "Bluenotes" - St. Louis Blues

A great sounding name for a (currently, at least) great team. - BKAllmighty

7 "Buffaslugs" or "Slugs" - Buffalo Sabres

Based on the enormously ridiculed primary logo used from 2006 to 2010. - BKAllmighty

8 "Greasers" - Edmonton Oilers

Seems appropriate, don't you think? - BKAllmighty

9 "Golden Oldies" - California Golden Seals

A fun nickname given to the team that existed from 1967-1976 (renamed the Oakland Seals from part-way through the 67/68 season until 1970). - BKAllmighty

10 "South Paws" - Florida Panthers

Cute and funny. Just like the team. Burn! - No offense meant, Panther fans. - BKAllmighty

The Contenders

11 "Desert Dogs" - Arizona Coyotoes
12 "Smashville" - Nashville Predators
13 "The Preds" - Nashville Predators
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Top Remixes

1. "Les Habitants" or "The Habs" - Monteal Canadiens
2. "Broad Street Bullies" - Philadelphia Flyers
3. "Toronto Maple Laughs" - Toronto Maple Leafs


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