Big news out of DC, where the Capitals have called up winger Ivan Miroshnichenko. He’s expected to make his NHL debut tonight, when the Caps host the Islanders.
Miroshnichenko’s 14-letter surname ties him with John Brackenborough, who played seven games for the Bruins in the 1925-26 season, for the longest single-word last name in NHL history. But Brackenborough played in the NNOB era, so the NOB on Miroshnichenko’s sweater tonight will set a new league record. (The current record of 13 letters is jointly held by Jamie Langenbrunner and John Vanbiesbrouck.)
Miroshnichenko appeared in a few preseason games this year. Here’s how his NOB looked:
And here’s how it’s looked on some of the other uniforms he’s worn:
While Miroshnichenko is poised to set the mark for single-word surnames, there have been longer NOBs with compound surnames. Bruins center Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, for example, had 17 letters plus a space:
There have been NHL players with similarly prodigious compound surnames, but they wore simplified NOBs. For example, Thrashers left wing Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman (18 letters plus a hyphen) just wore “Smotherman” on his jersey. And journeyman left wing Pierre-Luc Létourneau-Leblond (17 letters plus a hyphen) just wore “Leblond.”
(My thanks to John Gagosian for letting me know about Miroshnichenko’s call-up by the Caps.)