Athletes from all sports and leagues are slowly joining the ranks of social media and giving fans an entirely new perspective on their daily lives.
The NHL has quickly become one of the most Twitter-active sports.
Given the intensity of their usual jobs, however, many players use their handles little. Sorting through the thousands of certified accounts to find the stars worth following is not the easiest of tasks, even for the most diehard fan.
Thankfully, we've done it for you. From offering the best week-to-week insight into the NHL life to sending out hilarious commentary on non-sports-related events, these eight players certainly deserve a follow.
Twitter Handle: @brookslaich
Laich might be sidelined this season with a lingering injury, but his mild discomfort certainly isn't keeping him away from the internet.
Expect a funny and cynical collection of tweets from the NHL's most alcoholic-beverage-sounding name.
Someone wanna do my clothes shopping for me, I can't stand it - consequently why I have no clothes.... #imouttahere— Brooks Laich (@brookslaich) March 11, 2013
Twitter Handle: @Logancouture
Couture, playing in only his third career NHL season, has quickly grown to Twitter fame with his consistent and regular activity.
He chimes in on a number of other sports besides hockey throughout the year.
Are you kidding me right now with this construction outside my hotel room— Logan Couture (@Logancouture) March 11, 2013
Also entering my first fantasy baseball league this year. Can I just take all blue jays?— Logan Couture (@Logancouture) March 7, 2013
Twitter Handle: @Commie22
Commodore may not be much of a player, but he does have a Stanley Cup ring and definitely keeps his 50,000-plus followers laughing every non-game night.
Take, for example, this Verizon customer service spiel:
"Hi this is Dustin Brown from LA Kings, download game center from #Verizon.." for the 10th time. Fawk off Dustin and get a rep on the line— Mike Commodore (@commie22) March 10, 2013
We are going to extra time. 90mins twitter.com/commie22/statu…— Mike Commodore (@commie22) March 10, 2013
Twitter Handle: @BizNasty2point0
The king of NHL tweeters.
He's not afraid of both dissing his own less-than-notable hockey career—or any number of far more successful players.
If I had a dollar for every 3 game point streak I've had in the NHL I'd have 1 dollar.— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) March 5, 2013
Twitter Handle: @Ryan_O'Reilly90
O'Reilly isn't blowing it away on the follower count—he's not much of a joker—but the young and controversial scorer can still offer an interesting glimpse into the average NHL player's mind.
When his contract saga and offer sheet waiting period ended, O'Reilly was very open in tweeting about the entire situation.
He's also something of a hashtag maniac.
Sorry to everyone about the situation. I'm very glad to say that it is over and i now can focus on what I love to do.— Ryan O'Reilly (@Ryan_OReilly90) March 1, 2013
Twitter Handle: @ryanwhitney6
The Oilers defenseman doesn't tweet personally all that often, but he's unrestrained, sarcastic and quite comical when he does.
Had annual meeting with NHLPA docs today about PEDs. Was shocked to see supplements Rage, Swagger and Jungle Remedy are banned substances— Ryan Whitney (@ryanwhitney6) February 27, 2013
Twitter Handle: @jonesry28
The Edmonton Oilers are a team of tweeters, without doubt.
In addition to the aforementioned Whitney and the still-to-come Taylor Hall (see below), shaggy winger Ryan Jones is good for plenty of laughs and—if you happen to be the subject of his tweets—a few embarrassing blushes.
Twitter Handle: @hallsy04
Hall is both the Oilers' stat-sheet and Twitter-follower-count leader with almost a quarter million.
His exchanges with Jones and a plethora of less-than-supportive fans are usually unforgettable.
I've never seen anyone get as excited drinking Bud Light as Pitbull does in his commercial. Hilarious fist pump— Taylor Hall (@hallsy04) March 5, 2013
Mark Jones has been a Bleacher Report featured columnist since 2009, receiving almost a million views on his 450-plus articles to date.