I’ve fallen in love with Twitter over the past couple of years. It’s given me an outlet to help push what we write, but it’s also been a fun tool to connect with other hockey minded people. And, there’s little more that I enjoy than talking puck over a few beers, whether they be live and in person, or over the internets.
Fortunately (mostly for our amusement), professional sports minds have gotten ahold of Twitter over the past couple of years as well. Some tweets have killed online personas outright. That’s not really stopping some prominent NHL players from taking their gripes about the pending labour stoppage to the general public.
Okay, so can we put you down as “anti-lockout”?
— Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) August 10, 2012
Let’s just play hockey! — Brian Gionta (@Giostyle21) August 13, 2012
That–let’s play hockey was directed at Gary Bettman All of this is quite entertaining for us who enjoy watching professional sports personalities bicker about how they might be out of work come this October, but look at it with a different set of lenses – does getting on social media and bickering about the current state of affairs show weakness? — Brian Gionta (@Giostyle21) August 13, 2012
I don’t expect Gary Bettman to have any sort of interaction with social media. Hell, I’m rather surprised that he has a call-in show on the NHL Network (where I can attest that calls are screened heavily before they hit the air). Bettman is wise not to meddle in these affairs here. Although it would be fun to see him engage in a shouting match with someone like George Parros.
If I was the head of the players’ union, I’d tell my players to keep it cool on social media outlets and to dodge all questions. There’s a handful of tweets that are similar to Hall’s, Lundqvist’s and Gionta’s out there right now. The league has to know this, and it doesn’t look any better for the players when things like this are out there.
— Gabriel Landeskog (@GabeLandeskog92) August 12, 2012
Fans want hockey. Players want to play hockey and get paid. Do you think that players are creating a bargaining disadvantage by venting their frustration on Twitter?
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