PHILADELPHIA - What's in a name? For Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Nicklas Grossmann, it's an extra n.
The Flyers had a familiar face, yet a new name on their roster Tuesday night: Grossmann.
Grossmann had long had his name spelled Grossman—with one n—on his jersey, his locker cubicle, everything because that's how it was assumed he spelled his name.
Grossmann, acquired last month from the Dallas Stars, said a Flyers employee noticed the discrepancy when he saw Grossmann's passport. Grossmann confessed his name had been spelled incorrectly since his rookie season in 2006. Philadelphia's 3-2 win over Detroit on Tuesday night was the first game he wore a jersey with the correct spelling of his name in the NHL.
Grossmann said when he was young, he didn't want to complain, saying, "I was just happy to have a jersey with my name on it."