Hockey Aptonyms

An aptonym is one term for someone whose name is apt for what they do. The Freakonomics blog loves aptonyms, and there’s a good discussion of them on Slate. The Slate article notes that they’ve been talked about since Roman days, when they were nomen et omen. They’ve also been called “aptronyms,” “namephreaks,” “eponymy,” “cognomen syndrome” (which sounds painful), “nominative determinism” (which sounds like crap straight out of my old philosophy books).

But the Slate list leaves out hockey players, so I’m adding to the world’s knowledge of these. Without further ado or Zamboni laps:

The National Hockey League All-Aptonym Team

First Team:

  • Brad Bombardir, Defense, Nashville Predators
  • Radek Bonk, Center, Nashville Predators
  • Brian Savage, Left Wing, Philadelphia Flyers

Second Team:

  • Jon Quick, Goalie, Los Angeles Kings
  • Derian Hatcher, Defense, Philadelphia Flyers

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Savage bonkery.

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Radek getting bonked. (Or so implied the photo caption.)