Owen Tippett lands a fantastic nickname

A nickname alone cannot make or break a player’s career.

If a player can’t go, having a fun or even marketable nickname won’t save their career – I mean, need I say more than Mr. Universe himself, Ilya Bryzgalov, or the player who would scare him , the ghost bear? – but my goodness, when it works and an already great player has a solid nickname to go along with it, well, it can seriously tighten up their historic status.

Dave “The Hammer” Schultz. “Hexy.” “Jonesy”, if you want to bring things to the booth. Heck, the Philadelphia Flyers carried their own nickname, “The Broad Street Bullies,” throughout their championship-winning years, and the nickname helped embody the race in its entirety.

Will new Philadelphia Flyers forward Owen Tippett eventually join this list? Only time will tell, but he already has the moniker in hand, as the Flyers’ own Twitter account just settled on a damn good one that should stick around for years to come.

Color + food = a fantastic new nickname for a young Philadelphia Flyers forward.

Although his time with the Philadelphia Flyers was just beginning, most assumed the same basic initial reaction to Owen Tippett.

For one, he’s a good size for an NHL forward. At 6-foot-1, 207 pounds, Tippett is the fourth-biggest forward on the Flyers roster behind Kevin Hayes, James van Riemsdyk and Patrick Brown. He’s also, to his credit, the owner of one of the best right-handers on the Flyers’ roster, with a quick trigger right up there with Cam Atkinson.

…oh yeah, and he has the reddest hair you’ve ever seen; there is that too.

Although he shares a grandparent set with the Tampa Bay Lightning’s normal hair color center, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada native Mitchell Stephens has a flowing mane that’s more orange than orange and black, with a reddish touch that one would almost assume was fake if his beard didn’t match.

Long orange/red hair with Lactuca-y texture? I wonder if we could incorporate that into a nickname?

Enter the social media manager of the official Flyers Twitter account, which knocked this one out of the park.

“The red lettuce?” Yeah, that’s good.

Will fans embrace “Red Lettuce?” Only time will tell. Should Fans Embrace “Red Lettuce?” Oh yes, you better believe it. While his game on the ice will ultimately decide whether he will be remembered as Ilya Bryzgalov or the player he replaced Claude Giroux, if all goes well, having that nickname will be the icing on the cake.

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