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1. Darren Dreger: Dreger is a hockey insider for TSN, and he was at the center of many important stories during 2012. Whenever there is a rumored trade going through the "Twitterverse," fans wait for Dreger's take before they can take the rumor at face value.
2. Bob McKenzie: McKenzie is another TSN insider, and he is a veteran journalist who provided a lot of insight on many categories during 2012. He is a great person to follow on Twitter for rumors, and he is a great person to follow for draft coverage and insight.
3. Aaron Portzline: Portzline is a journalist for The Columbus Dispatch, and he was a very popular person to follow on Twitter in 2012. He was at the center of #NashWatch, a hash tag used to describe the status of Rick Nash. From the day Nash asked for a trade to the day he was finally traded, Portzline had great updates and insight.
4. Elliotte Friedman: Friedman is a popular insider and journalist for CBC, and he is most known for his "30 Thoughts" columns. Friedman was another important hockey source throughout the year, and he has done a great job covering the current NHL lockout.
5. Chris Johnston: A columnist for The Canadian Press, Johnston has been a very important journalist in 2012. He has provided updates on trades, rumors, lockout coverage and he has been a top source to follow for other related news.
6. Greg Wyshynski: Wyshynski is the editor of Yahoo! Sports's Puck Daddy blog, and he is the co-host of the Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast. Wyshynski's blog is a popular destination for hockey fans, and his podcast has done a great job informing fans and keeping them entertained throughout the lockout.
7. Michael Russo: Russo is one of the best hockey writers covering the NHL today, and his dedication helped him obtain the biggest scoop of the free agency period in 2012. When there were rumors indicating that Zach Parise was heading to Minnesota, Russo headed to the airport and got a scoop from Parise himself. He then put two and two together to connect Parise and Suter, and he broke the news that the Wild were front runners to sign the duo.
8: Adrian Dater: Dater is a veteran journalist, and he covers the Colorado Avalanche, primarily. During the lockout, Dater has covered all major news and he has offered tons of insight for inquisitive fans.
9. John Shannon: Shannon is a veteran journalist and producer, who currently works for Sportsnet. He is a well-connected reporter, and he has broken his fair share of news during free agency and the lockout to date.