Every year, there are players at Capitals Training Camp that come out of nowhere to make the team. 19-year-old rookie Martin Fehérváry is one of those guys and will make his NHL debut Wednesday night against the St. Louis Blues. There’s just one problem. How do you properly say the Slovak’s last name?
During Development Camp, I interviewed Fehérváry, who is well-spoken and articulate, unlike me. But before I did, I asked how to properly say his last name. One of the Development Camp players joked, “We just call him Martin.”
There’s two e’s — one with an accent and one that’s normal. And then there’s my history watching former Capital Eric Fehr on TV that’s throwing me for a loop. Martin’s and Eric’s last names seem related in my head. So when I look at Martin’s last name, my brain breaks and I want to say “Fehr-var-ie” but something else comes out entirely that is neither English or a last name.
Over the last year since the Capitals drafted Martin, I’ve noticed others have had trouble pronouncing it right too. So I asked Hockey Twitter for their best pronunciations and then I consulted the official NHL pronunciation for a final answer.
Nailed it pic.twitter.com/NVX3pefVuS
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) October 1, 2019
Yes, thank you. I agree. I am a very worldly and cultured person.
I think this is right? It’s how Joe B says it???? I think??? pic.twitter.com/Uid7p1vFJV
— Kate Monster 🏒❤️ 🔮🍁 (@KateMonster08) October 1, 2019
This is what I was trying to say before those sounds came out of my mouth.
— Samjo Ryan (@Spritestuff) October 2, 2019
This is how I said it for the longest time.
Speaking the Queens English… So, it must be correct.. pic.twitter.com/kl7d1qHnCV
— Johnny Drummond (@ThatJohnnyD) October 2, 2019
— @TheWuWu 🦅🏒🥅🚨 (@TheWuWu) October 1, 2019
It’s never good when a pure child is closer to saying the name correctly than the professional blogger that covers the team. 😂
I tried 😂 not bad for 3 😂 pic.twitter.com/joixdSrVr3
— Jenn (@OsRavensCaps) October 2, 2019
Oh no, this child says it better than me too.
Is it obvious that I didn’t try hard? pic.twitter.com/2sexd4hlVj
— Camillia Gomez (@camicravestea) October 1, 2019
Camillia, you might have stumbled upon something. His fan club’s tagline can be: For those who have a fever for Fehérváry.
Got it in one! pic.twitter.com/E9gNrIgcKm
— Ben Hurl Scarbs (@1bscarbro) October 2, 2019
Nope, even I know this is definitely wrong. In every way. Ben, please delete your account and shoot yourself into the sun.
Now, here are some of the very good pronunciations.
I tried 🤷🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/gkH5Y4FCEw
— Amul (@lumanicious) October 1, 2019
Oh god sorry I'm Canadian it's super hard not to make everything a bit French pic.twitter.com/sB70pMQe2f
— TravellingCalamity (@TravellingCala1) October 1, 2019
This is good too.
Think this is close to how he said it…. pic.twitter.com/rPgj5kADME
— Mike Wagner (@avarbimba) October 1, 2019
This sounds rightish to me?
im argentinian so be nice i guess? pic.twitter.com/TqfAQbonUk
— I. S. (@ISAwkwardPerson) October 1, 2019
Another good one.
is it tho? pic.twitter.com/QWhc3gpSA8
— ella with pink hair (@callumidiot) October 2, 2019
I tried pic.twitter.com/SCrDc1tuBK
— Garrett (@gdohlke79) October 2, 2019
This was good, Garrett.
And now the Slovaks are here…
— Niakan Kasrai (@NiakanK) October 1, 2019
Niakan appears to have said this perfect from the toilet.
— Lindsey (@wreckoslovakia) October 1, 2019
Lindsey, I think nailed the pronunciation too.
According to the NHL, this is how to say Martin’s name.
Thanks to everyone who participated. Yes, we’ll be doing this again sometime.
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