Pittsburgh Penguins: Great Player Names of the 2000’s

2002 Season: Dariusz Kasparaitis fires. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)
2002 Season: Dariusz Kasparaitis fires. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 16: Harry Zolnierczyk
PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 16: Harry Zolnierczyk /

Here we have a decent crop of hockey talent with even better names. While they didn’t make it to the our final round, they still sport some exceptional monikers.

Rico Fata

120 GP, 47 Points, 74 PIMs 2002-2006

Rico Fata. Short, sweet, to the point. Fata spent 3 season with the Pens, and was a fan favorite during a time when the fans didn’t have much to go on. He nearly makes the ‘All – Name’ Team on Rico alone, but it’s going to take a bit more against this competition.

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Jarkko Ruutu

(Yar-Ko, Roo-Too)
152 GP, 32 Points, 263 PIMs 2006-2008

The feisty Finnish instigator played 152 games for the Pens over 2 seasons. He logged 263 PIMs in that time, and was usually barraged with resounding chants of “RUUUUUU” when ever he managed to pot a goal.

Luca Caputi

9 GP, 3 Points, 6 PIMs 2008 -2010

While Luca Caputi only played a handful of games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, he did manage to score a goal on his very first NHL shift. Not bad. A name like Luca is always going to score you points on the ‘All – Name’ Team. And with Caputi to back it up?  Fahgettaboudit! (Get it?)

Harry Zolnierczyk

13 GP, 2 Points, 12 PIMs 2013-2014

You gotta love the way ‘Zolnierczyk’ looks on the back of a jersey. Like someone just grabbed some Scrabble tiles and threw them at the wall. Harry Z was a product of Brown University, and like his last name, he was wild on the ice.

Daniel Sprong

18 GP, 2 Points, 0 PIMs 2015-?

Hey we recognize him! The Flying Dutchman has a chance to crack the lineup this season for the Penguins.

Yes, this means Sprong may be sprung.

It might be a real Sprong show.

Awful puns aside, it might only be a matter of time until we hear Bob Errey growling about how he “loves the way Danny Sprong skates with that puck!”