Friday, October 20, 2006

Patrick Thoresen Nickname Search/Hockey in the Streets

Well now: everybody's flavour favourite, Patrick Thoresen, has officially been promoted to the second line, with Hemsky and Sykora. In the piece, MacT admits it's been as much about Torres' sucking as Thoreson's hot play, though he does have some pretty glowing words for the young lad:

"He's done everything right, right from the outset," coach Craig MacTavish said of Thoresen. "He's maybe made as many plays as any of our forwards. It's time."

It's high time, I think, that this signed-in-May darkhorse, who laid waste to the most pro of our top prospects, earns a high-falutin' nickname from the Oilogosphere. I've called him L'il Devo before, but that has just no ring to it. The only thing I've come up with in the five or so minutes it's taken to me to get to writing this is Thorny, which is quite lame, though probably what he'll end up getting nicknamed by his Oilers teammates, who've shown all the creativity of Alphabet Soup when it comes to handing out nicknames (Smytty, Horc, Hemmer, etc). But anyway, any suggestions from you guys? Thor? He's from Hamar, Norway, so perhaps Mjolnir is fitting, though cumbersome. Well, anyway, I leave it to you: impress!

Also, this thread over at BoA has tossed out the idea of organizing a street hockey game. Though Grabia seems to think he'd hate everyone who might come out, I had great fun at Mike W's weekly Toronto Street Hockey Capades/Sweat-a-Thon when I was there, and would be entirely interested in trying to organize something for Edmonton-area players. If you're at all up for it, contact me at the e-mail below, and I'll try to slap something together for the beginning of November, pending interest. Given Edmonton's weather, I'll also look and see what might be available for indoor floor/ball hockey facilities, for any and all interested in reliving Grade Six gym class. I'll even try to find a crappy CD player and a mixtape of Blur's "Song 2" to play non-stop through games. Contact me.

41 comments:

teebeeplayer said...

dave! (i mean, uh, pleasure...)

one: i'm so in for hockey. call me or die.

two: yeah, they'll call him thorny. for a more web-savvy name maybe TehHorny would suffice.

Mike Peca said...

uh...

Thor?

Thorway?

Little Thorway?

Thor-Man?

Actually, I like this one best:

The Norse Nugget!

She said...

Hey, Mike- why aren't you on the ice scoring your first goal of the season tonight?

young d said...

Scramble the letters in Thoresen and you get Horse Ten. It means absolutely nothing.
Scramble the letters in Patrick Thoresen and you get Pro Hat Trick Seen or EE Porn Hat Trick.
Once again, these mean nothing. And I didn't use a computer for these.

Hockey game sounds great. I'm sure I can convince old TB Player and a horde of guys we used to play street hockey with.

Eyeris said...

Scramble the letters in Patrick Thoresen and you get Pro Hat Trick Seen or EE Porn Hat Trick.

Hee hee!

Also, unlike the official "lost in SPACE" roster photos, this photo is so good. So American Eagle catalogue pretty! I know I'm beating a dead horse and I'm probably the only one who cares, but those roster photos are fug. Even I can do a photoshop job better than that. Some players got pixelated bumpy neck tumours—if this is the GW office, Mr Motors would throw a fistful of scrap paper in my face and make me redo it.

Anonymous said...

Dulf

I'll expect my check in the mail.

joninabox said...

How about just Thor? I think it's pretty damn good, especially given his relatively diminutive stature.

Jordi said...

I almost licked the screen there. Thoreson looks tasty.

Earl Sleek said...

Neil Patrick Thoreson.

There's some resemblance, at least.

Andy Grabia said...

Hey, what the hell? I was going to organize something.

Anonymous said...

I heard Raffi call him Thorsey in an interview I think.

But I like Thor...although one syllable nicknames seem to be rare.

Anonymous said...

Dickie Thoresen, for those that have ever watched "my blue heaven".

Andy Grabia said...

I can't get my stupid mail program to work. Email me, PM.

Colby Cosh said...

I would vote for "The Blond Beast".

Or "The Electric Norseman".

Andy Grabia said...

I stil like Snorri, but it is an obscure reference. I am well versed in Norse mythology, so I will ponder.

Andy Grabia said...

P.S. His name is always spelled wrong on this site.

Pleasure Motors said...

Hmmm...it's Thoresen, isn't it? Lousy Norweigans.

I have to admit, The Electric Norseman has a rather nice little ring to it.

PK said...

Bart Simpson or Max Headroom. He reminds me of both of them every time I see him!

The guy is a player, though. Glad to see MacT reward him with a spot on the second line.

Torres needs to grow up -- fast. A spot on the second line is not a divine right, and he needs to do more than throw the occasional check and look to shoot.

pj said...

Beowulf. Even though the character was not necessarily Norwegian, there is an association with Scandinavians and Vikings.

pj said...

By the way, I used to play in a weekly floor hockey league at the Multi-Cultural Centre in Chinatown. Not sure if those guys are still at it or not.

Pleasure Motors said...

Just had another walk while out for a morning constitutional: The Fourth Norseman of the Apocalypse?

Garnet said...

In myth, Thor's son was named Magni. The name literally means strong, I'm given to understand. Plus he survives Ragnarok, which is saying something. (It's a messy old do. But you'll see when the times comes.) Too highbrow for a hockey moniker? Well, he's from a town called Hamar. Bring down the Hamar? It's Hamar Time?

Alana said...

"weekly" Toronto game? We're lucky if we play once a month. Speaking of, are we playing this week, or what, Mike?

Also, I vote for "Thor, God of Thunder"

Andy Grabia said...

"The Viking" would be apt, since he is currently raping and pillaging all who oppose him.


Thoresen is spelled wrong in the title, PM. It's correct in your post.

Colby Cosh said...

Or maybe it's spelled right in the title and wrong in his name.

Pleasure Motors said...

There, fixed it. I still blame Norway. Also, Grabia, did you study Scandanavian history in University or something? How the hell did you come across Snorri? (Assuming I've got the right one with my quick Google search.)

Anonymous said...

HAGAR THE HORRIBLE, or perhaps just HAGAR.

Doogie said...

AQ would say he already has survived Ragnarok, no?

I think the correct spelling is actually Thöresen, based on the pronunciation in the Norwegian video the Oilers posted, but that may be getting a bit too technical.

Andy Grabia said...

I grew up reading a ton of Norse mythology. And I have read the Prose Edda too many times to mention. Hence, Snorri Thoresen.

Plus, I'm a genius.

Andy Grabia said...

I think the correct spelling is actually Thöresen, based on the pronunciation in the Norwegian video the Oilers posted, but that may be getting a bit too technical.

Ooh, umlauts? Fantastic. I'm going to have to incorporate that into a future post. Umlauts are so Ragnarockandroll.

ToTheBank said...

I vote for The Electric Norseman

epinonymous said...

Why not keep it simple with

"The Mighty Thor!"

And everything else can be an add on...

"He cracked the giant's head with that one!"

"Well, it's easy when you've got a sturdy Mjolnir in your hands."

Tonight we sup on goat!

And tomorrow! And the next day! and...ugh...why does it keep resurrecting?

Chris said...

This is entirely off topic but Thorenson sort of looks like he should be in a Norwegian Bon Jovi cover band.

Dennis-IOF said...

Cosh has nailed this one folks. No question.

theDrizzler said...

Mjööllnir is the name of Thor's hammer, though it doesn't really roll off the toungue.

It means crusher, or destroyer. I like crusher.

Go Crusher!

Simon said...

Um. I hope you'll take this in the correct way, but I really think the best nickname is one that quotes the legendary the Beatles.

Indeed: I suggest we name PT "Norwegian Wood!"

Colby Cosh said...

That's the worst suggestion in the entire history of human beings suggesting things.

case said...

the scoresen, syscora, and hemskorey line. whoa, maybe not.

Bank Shot said...

Learn a lesson from drunken backpackers everywhere and just call him by his country of origin.

"Hey Norway! Get your ass off the bench and score us some goals!"

Julian said...

Going by that picture alone, I'd suggest "Zoolander".

court said...

convergence like woah...

One of my daily reads -- a baseball blog called Pulling a Blyleven -- has been all about the Ragnarok.

http://pullingablyleven.blogspot.com/ [or click me]