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Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman is now Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann

Mar 6, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

Nicklas Grossman 2 Getty Images

From the “Why didn’t you say anything earlier?” file…

The Philadelphia Flyers made a jersey modification on Tuesday, adding an “N” to the surname of defenseman Nicklas Grossmann. Even though he’s been playing in the NHL for six seasons as “Nicklas Grossman,” a secret has been in hiding.


“I just started off and they put it on the wrong way and I just kept it like that,” he told reporters following the Flyers’ morning skate. “My dad said something a while ago, why is it spelled wrong, and I said that’s the way it came and I didn’t change it.”

It was Flyers Director of Team Services Bryan Hardenbergh who noticed recently that Grossman’s name was spelled one way on his jersey and a different way on his passport.

“He (Hardenbergh) came up to me and said I notice your name (on your jersey) is a little different than what’s in your passport and I said that (the passport) is what it should be,” Grossman said. “He said we can change it for you, so I said OK.”

Glad that’s resolved. Hopefully it won’t take another six years for Grossmann to reveal his first name is actually Gary.

  1. cableguymike - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Would have been funnier if they kept removing letters until he finally said something.

    • bbk1000 - Mar 7, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      haha, man this is funny…..I needed this today…

  2. miketoasty - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Poor guy, first his jersey was spelled wrong, and now whoever wrote up the interview also spelled it wrong. Twice actually.

  3. joebuckiscreepy - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    nice parks and rec reference.

  4. lilgurgi - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    This is right up there when players change the pronunciations of their names midway through their careers. When Langkow played for the Flyers it was Lang-cow, but at some point between then and now with the Flames he change the pronunciation to Lang-koh. I forget the specific player’s name, but I remember on a Flyers broadcast they were saying how a player on the other team had his last name pronounced differently than how his brother was asking for his to be done. Too funny.

    • spiciercheez - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      Same thing happened with Zidlicky. For a while it was “Zid-licky” and then after the Olympics it has been “Zid-Lichkey”.

  5. smgraff4 - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Or as another example, Jose Theodore had his last name pronounced “Ho-say” “Tay-oh-dore” during the early part of his career,and he changed it to “Jo-say” “Thee-o-dore” by the time when he was with the Caps. It was very confusing.

    • bdawk20 - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      Maybe he changed the pronunciation so people wouldn’t associate him with that old loan sharking thing his family was all up into…

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