Nicklas Grossmann reveals extra 'n'

Updated: March 7, 2012, 12:48 AM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- What's in a name? For Philadelphia Flyers defenseman 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."


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