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The NHL's Most Interesting Name: 2000s Part II

Is he Man, or is he Nino?
Is he Man, or is he Nino?

After the first grouping of the 2000s (where Bubba Berenzweig is running away with the show; be sure to vote here if you haven't yet), I come to the second group with equal parts nostalgic for contests past. Just to recap the contenders for the final Most Interesting Name showdown:

1920s & 30s: Dit Clapper

1940s: Peanuts O'Flaherty

1950s: Fred Sasakamoose

1960s: Orland Kurtenbach

1970s: Larry Goodenough

1980s: Jeff Beukeboom

1990s: Zarley Zalapski

I got my money on Peanuts, but it's hard to bet against double Z. Continuing on...

Our primary purpose: 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 second group:

One more grouping left from the 2000s before I (finally) start wrapping things up. Be sure to vote!