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The NHL's Most Interesting Name: Wrapping Up the 1940s


You know you want some. (H.Zell via

Bringing together the two groups of most interesting names of the 1940s, it seems pretty clear that Peanuts O'Flaherty and Harry Dick are the heavyweight contenders in this bracket. It would be very difficult to take that fight card seriously.

Finishing up the 1940s, we wave goodbye to a simpler time, when Charles was "Chuck" and Vincent was "Vinny" and neither leather nor jean jackets were cool. Before we leave that fabled place altogether, we have one more group of names to vote on. Follow after the jump to vote and fill our next spot on the bracket for NHL's Most Interesting Name.

As per usual, the goal of the tournament: 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.

Our remaining contestants:

  • Zellio Toppazzini - When the goon hits your eye like a big meatza-pie, thatsa Rob Ray...
  • Frank McCool - Inspiration for Herbert McBitchin' and Dudley McAwesome.
  • Peanuts O'Flaherty - The delightful Irish cobbler from up the road.
  • Baz Bastien - Make way for the cool name.
  • Harry Dick - Too easy.
  • Roly Rossignol - Name rolls off the tongue, but it wasn't enough to keep the guy in the league. Played a handful of NHL games, but had a 26-year professional hockey career.

Vote away!