For this year’s top 10 NHL players on Twitter, we’re not limiting the field to the guys who are funniest, and/or who have a minimum of 100,000 followers. If you were an NHLer whose account was different and you used it well – even if you used it sparingly – you were in the mix. Here, in reverse order, are the results:
10. P.K. Subban, Montreal. The charismatic Canadiens star’s Tweets range anywhere from humorous to flirtatious (ask Canadian tennis sensation Eugenie Bouchard) to revealing him as a fan of other sports. If Twitter is there to give the public a window into interesting lives, Subban pulls back his drapes and lets everyone see what motivates, moves and interests him.
9. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles. The Kings superstar isn’t a frequent Tweeter, but he’s come up with some stand-alone gems, including ones that can’t be reprinted in a family publication. Here’s a tamer Tweet that gives you an indication of Quick’s willingness to speak his mind:
7. Eddie Lack, Vancouver. Little is worse than pro athletes who never ever come off as if they enjoy the game they’re playing for a very good living. That’s not an issue with Lack, who as the Canucks’ backup goalie always looks like he’s living a charmed life and is grateful for it. Small wonder his teammates like him so much.
6. Evander Kane, Winnipeg. The Jets winger has gotten into controversy more than once with his social media exploits, but the great thing about Kane is he seems undaunted by it. He’s honest, smart, and there’s always the possibility he does something newsworthy.
5. David Backes, St. Louis. Many NHLers use their Twitter account to serve their charitable endeavors, and few do it as well as the Blues captain. The devoted animal advocate relentlessly supports a number of organizations that help pets in various ways. Even if you don’t like Backes' team, you can’t help but like a human being like that.
4. Devante Smith-Pelly, Anaheim. The Ducks winger is from Toronto and he wears that proudly, cheering on the NBA’s Raptors and baseball’s Blue Jays with as much devotion as you’d find in the most ardent fan. And Smith-Pelly is also known to Tweet some observational humor every so often.
3. Ben Scrivens, Edmonton. Scrivens is one of the game's most learned athletes, and although he’s like many Twitter users in that he does more re-tweeting of other accounts than original tweets, the variety of topics that pique his interest shows a curious mind who wants to share his discoveries with his fans. Scrivens is also an advocate for progressive movements inside and outside of sport.
2. Joffrey Lupul, Toronto. The Leafs winger is about as worldly an NHLer as you’ll find, and his varied interests are apparent in his twitter feed: it’s a combination of music, politics, and his day-to-day interactions with the public, friends and family. Lupul is your rebuttal to anyone who says all players are single-minded dolts.
Yeah, still the King.