NHL: 25 Players You Need to Follow on Twitter over the Summer
A while ago, it was used by teenagers who just wanted to tell the world what they had for lunch. It then morphed into the source where you could get the latest disaster that Britney Spears was going through.
Now, it's a veritable news source used the world over. A place where you can get the latest news from any subject you want.
That of course includes hockey.
If you want breaking news, there's plenty of hockey insiders waiting to be followed. A more interesting viewpoint however, comes from the players themselves.
From pulling pranks on teammates to posting pictures of where they're vacationing over the summer, there never seems to be a dearth of tweets from NHL players.
The 25 players that I list here are among the NHL's best when it comes to tweeting.
Who are these tweeters? Let's find out.
Twitter Handle: @b_ryan9
Bobby Ryan, currently of the Anaheim Ducks but surrounded by trade rumors, is a very active tweeter as he has posted six times in the past 24 hours as of this writing.
Most of his tweets are answering questions and occasionally, as you can see below, sometimes insulting them.
Recent Tweet: @CuzICantStop you're right bro. 100 percent. Remind me if I ever have a picture like yours to get off twitter and get a gf.
Twitter Handle: @88PKane
Another player who doesn't tweet that much, Patrick Kane does occasionally come out with some gold.
Recently, he gave his opinion on Lebron James winning his first NBA Championship.
Recent Tweet: Congrats to @kingjames on winning the title tonight. Nice to see the most scrutinized athlete ever quiet all his haters
Twitter Handle: @ScottieUpshall
The Florida Panthers right winger recently shared his opinion on the Pacquaio/Bradley fight.
Recent Tweet: Boxing is a JOKE! PAC killed Bradley. Embarrassing
Twitter Handle: @Hartsy19
Scott Hartnell uses his Twitter account to bring attention to "Hartnelldown" campaign, which was started by a fan who just started counting how many times Hartnell fell on ice.
Twitter Handle: @JLupul
I'm going to stay away from the recent trouble that Joffrey Lupul got into on Twitter, but otherwise, Lupul is an avid tweeter who likes to poke fun at other players around the league.
Recent Tweet: Standard move is buying the whole team dinner when you sign a new contract. Sid should have to take the whole league out...
Twitter Handle: @hallsy04
The youngest player on this list, Taylor Hall definitely knows his way around Twitter. As almost any young man does, he tweets nearly every day.
Recent Tweet: To the bro playing the trumpet or trumbone or whatever it is in the house beside me the last 3 days, you're horrawful.
Twitter Handle: @Jtootoo22
If you like pictures, Jordin Tootoo is the one to follow. One of the newest Detroit Red Wings posts a lot of pictures of his native Nunavut.
Recent Tweet: Picture doesn't do justice !! http://pic.twitter.com/hx1RvNtH
Twitter Handle: @Stache16
Come on, how can't you follow a guy with that twitter handle?
Recent Tweet: That being said, I am excited to start a new career in FLA and am looking forward to bringing the stache to the sunshine state!!!
Twitter Handle: @ryanwhitney6
Ryan Whitney tweets a little bit of everything. From his status as the old man on the Oilers defense core to the NBA, Whitney is a good option to follow.
Recent Tweet: Best humblebrag of all time?RT @JoseCanseco Good morning ottawa ready to get kids clinic going for autism Who says I dont have a good heart
Twitter Handle: @Matt9Duchene
Matt Duchene is usually pretty good with his tweets, but I just couldn't get over him welcoming every new member of the Avalanche with "Welcome to Denver, Insert Name."
Recent Tweets: "Welcome to Denver, P.A. Parenteau", "Welcome to Denver, Greg Zanon.", "Welcome to Denver, John Mitchell"
James Van Reimsdyk
Twitter Handle: @MMoulson
Another player who likes to poke fun at his teammates, Matt Moulson also likes to have fun with the fans. Definitely worth a follow.
Recent Tweet: #JT91 wanted to apologize to everyone at draft party. His flight was cancelled due to weather. I of course cleaned up his mess as usual
Twitter Handle: @HLunqvist30
When ZZ Top wrote the song, "Sharp Dressed Man", I think they might have been talking about Henrik Lundqvist. I mean, just look at his twitter photo.
Recent Tweet: Getting some good feedback on color combo for my new equipment.. Just remember, white makes you look bigger out there..
Twitter Handle: @Dustinpenner25
Just read Dustin Penner's Twitter bio and you'll know why you should be following him.
Recent Tweet: Perishable goods ? Can someone explain to me the diff between"best before"&"sell by"? As long as they sell it by then its not there problem?
Everyone on Your Favorite NHL Team
I have profiled 24 specific players on Twitter.
I have left the 25th spot for pretty much all players on your favorite team.
Following your team's players on Twitter is a great way to keep in touch with the game and allows you a look into their daily lives.
Why not take it?