Name pronunciation in the NHL is one of my pet peeves. Too often people in our business either guess or just ask someone they think knows how to pronounce a players name. Too often they are wrong. The only way to get it right is to ask a player directly how he wants his name pronounced.
The way the question is phrased is the most important thing. Some guys say to a player "is it pleck-AH-nits?" Often a player just says "ya" because that's close enough and they don't care. That's why you have to ask a player "how do you pronounce your name?" and then listen to how he says it.
I know this Montreal centre has his name pronounced two different ways. I asked him when he first came into the league to pronounce his name and I recorded him saying it. He pronounces his name "pleh-CAN-its" just the way Bob Cole says it on HNIC and not "pleck-UH-nits" they way some people pronounce it.
Kudos to HNIC's Jim Hughson doing the Vancouver/Nashville series. Preds goalie Pekka Rinne has one of the most mispronounced names in the NHL. His first year in the NHL Gord Wilson and I were in the Preds locker room and the first question we asked him was how he pronounced his name. It is not "RINN-eh" or "RINN-ey" it is "REE-NAY". Hughie did his homework and asked the simple question. It doesn't seem like a big deal but its one of the smallest but most important details of doing our job. Hughie does not miss the details.
See you at the rink.