PHILADELPHIA (AP) - 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."