Paul Bissonnette: The NHL's Most Interesting Personality
Google Paul Bissonnette and the first thing that comes up is his Twitter account.
The Phoenix Coyotes' fourth-liner and press-box frequenter has over 300,000 followers.
Pretty good for a guy who was a healthy scratch for the majority of last year.
"Biznasty" embraces his role as a hardworking-enforcer type in the NHL, and he has developed into the NHL's most interesting personality.
Bissonnette demonstrates the ability to make fun of himself, which is a quality a fourth-line scrapper in the NHL has to have. Just take a look at his Twitter bio:
Play in the NHL for the Phoenix Coyotes. Well sort of. Once played in the ECHL for the Wheeling Nailers, seriously, that was the name. Living the dream.
He lives an entertaining lifestyle and shares it with his fans through Twitter. Not everything is rated PG, but it gives fans an interesting perspective into the life of a professional athlete.
His candidness has not gone without controversy, though.
When asked about the Twitter controversy by Yahoo! Sports' Sean Leahy, Bissonnette said:
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My agent thought it'd be a good idea if I shut it down. I think he got scared with the Kovalchuk comment and didn't want any bad publicity. It was all in good fun and I think everyone who was following it took it that way. He didn't want the League to get mad and fine me or suspend me for games because that's the last thing he'd want.
Obviously, Bissonnette made a triumphant return to the social media site after the incident, and he has been entertaining fans ever since.
Here are some recent examples of his tweets:
Anyone taking beer league applications? Need a place to play during the lockout. Looking for 3rd line minutes + 2nd unit power play time.— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) August 10, 2012
Am I the only person who leans out their car window to give the thumbs down to drivers that have other NHL team's logos on their car?
— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) August 3, 2012
Drank 1 too many protein shakes today. Have a girl coming over and my whole house smells like farts.— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) August 17, 2012
Bissonnette is genuine, a trait you don't find everyday in professional athletes. He will say what he is thinking and not give the bland PR responses that we hear way too often.
While he may not get the ice time of Shane Doan, Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin, he is important to the league nonetheless.
If you are looking for a laugh this NHL offseason, or you need a pick-me-up with all the talks of the league going into a lockout, go give Bissonnette a follow on Twitter. You won't regret it.
The NHL could use more guys like Paul Bissonnette.
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