The final player chosen in the 2014-2015 fantasy hockey draft that I joined was… Grant Clitsome. Yup. Clitsome. Now, I’m not repeating his name while snickering like a little boy, but there were more than a few guys at this draft who were.
I’m more of a fan of the names which require a little bit of imagination, like “Pitlick”. There was Lance Pitlick who played in the NHL from 1994 to 2002, and there is young Tyler Pitlick who is hoping to get his career started with the Edmonton Oilers.
Clitsome, however, is not funny.
It did occur to me, however, that there are some other sports figures who have names worth a snicker to a 10-year-old, and I happen to have a draft post with them in it.
For example, the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL had a defensive pairing of Richard Shmelik and Alexei Zhitnik, or, Shmelik / Zhitnik as the Buffalo announcer would carefully pronounce.
Or, former NBA player, now coach, Pooh Richardson. (My 7-year-old LOVED that is his name was “Pooh”).
Or the legendary Dick Butkus.
On the evil side, the NHL had Keli Corpse and Miro Satan (pronounced as SHA-tan) playing a couple of seasons ago.
How about Pete LaCock, who played Major League Baseball for 9-seasons from 1972 to 1980. Born Ralph Pierre LaCock, he preferred to be called Pete. His father was Peter LaCock, who changed his name to Pater Marshall, and hosted the TV game show “Hollywood Squares” from 1966 to 1981.
Also in baseball, Mariners player Dick Pole, Twins player Rusty Kuntz, or Albert Pujols (pronounced Poo-Holes). I like the name Dick Trickle.
Other unusual names include Slovenian basketball player Gregor Fucka and NFL player BJ Johnson.
Question: If your last name, or first name for that matter, was one in which you were not 100% comfortable with, would you make the change?