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The NHL's Most Interesting Name: Wrapping up the 1960s


The chasm in which Andre Champagne might live...Photo by Luke Ford (via

It's been a while, with a crazy AIH week last week, but we've got important things to do, including deciding whether the guy with the great porn/hip hop name gets through or perhaps the dude who stole your girlfriend. Those guys, Andre Champagne and Cesare Maniago, are pitted in a bitter struggle with four other capable, interesting candidates. Follow along and vote!

Once again, the goal: history is chock full of names that can pique a person's interest, whether it's because it's unintentionally funny to the English sensibility (Petr Pohl), almost regal (Normand Rochefort), or lends itself to entertaining wordplay (Darius Kasparaitis). The criteria for our 'most interesting names' is a bit loose, in that the name can strike you as any one of the above descriptors, or all of them, but ultimately you are going to vote on the name that 'strikes' you the strongest.

The candidates:

  • Cesare Maniago - Pretty sure Sacha Baron Cohen will be playing him in an upcoming biopic.
  • Orland Kurtenbach - The inspiration for a popular blog, he has the name of a German chancellor.
  • Real Lemieux - I know it's not pronounced this way, but I can see him watching highlights of Mario Lemieux in the 1980s and muttering to himself, "Taber***, Je suis le Real Lemieux."
  • Andre Champagne - Either a great porn or hip hop name, I feel like he might've been a character in The Wash.

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