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Miikka Kiprusoff is the second-most misspelled name in sports

Miikka Kiprusoff

Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, of Finland, glances up at the scoreboard during a stop in play in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 in Nashville, Tenn. Kiprusoff stopped all 22 of Nashville’s shots for a 5-0 shutout. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


File this under “news day, slow” or “derogatory comments, waiting for” -- according to the Wall Street Journal, former Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff has the second most-frequently misspelled name in professional sports.

First, the graph:


Then, the data-gathering methodology:

The sports world is littered with names that are nearly impossible to spell. With this in mind, the Count used Factiva—a database that aggregates business news and information from over 32,000 sources worldwide and is owned by Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal—to determine which athlete names are most commonly goofed.

It’s not really surprising that Kiprusoff’s on this list, as he and other fellow Finns have been breaking hockey writers’ brains for years (here’s looking at you, Valtteri Filppula and Antero Niittymaki.)

But since we’re on the subject, here are some other hockey-related spelling things I could do without:

-- Braydon (Coburn), Brayden (Schenn), Braden (Holtby). Come to some sort of agreement here, you guys.

-- Boston’s Kevan Miller. Not to be confused with Kevin Millar, who used to play for Boston.

-- People in our comments section who continually refer to Ryan Kessler and/or Phil Kesler.