The puck drops tonight for the 2014-15 NHL season as all 30 teams vie for a chance to win the Stanley Cup. (Well, maybe not Buffalo.) Whether you’re a Canadian who grew up with the game or an American jumping on the bandwagon late, here’s your guide to the most important Twitter accounts every NHL fan should follow.
Although he’s never put up All-Star figure numbers during his career, Bissonnette’s earned the Hart Trophy (the NHL’s MVP award) for Twitter. He’s currently an unsigned free agent, meaning he can spend more time entertaining his online fans as the season begins.
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
2. Dave Lozo
Lozo’s the lead NHL writer for Bleacher Report. Not only is he a great source for hockey news and analysis, he’s also really funny. And he tweets about all sports, meaning he’ll entertain you all year long.
3. Sean McIndoe
McIndoe covers hockey both on his own website and for Grantland. Besides mocking Alexander Ovechkin, he also produces some of the best hockey analysis you’ll find.
The Olympic logo was missing a ring. I guess they were trying to make Alexander Ovechkin feel at home.— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) February 7, 2014
The self-proclaimed “Minister of Moustachery,” Parros earned a reputation as a brutal enforcer on-ice and won a Stanley Cup with the 2007 Anaheim Ducks. Thanks to Twitter, his off-ice persona’s gaining attention as well. Worth a follow for the epic facial hair alone.
I guess if I’m going to break the 1,000 PIM barrier it may as well be to a sold out crowd yelling at my moustache— George Parros (@GeorgeParros) April 12, 2013
Wyshynski operates the popular Puck Daddy blog for Yahoo. Almost no one finds NHL scoops than him. For any true fan of the game, he’s a must-follow.
A lot of people give Canada grief for bringing Kunitz here, but seriously, you should see how neatly Sid’s shirts are pressed.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) February 23, 2014
6. Ryan Whitney
Whitney was a major contributor to the mid-2000s Pittsburgh Penguins and earned a spot on the 2010 US Olympic Team that won a Silver Medal in Vancouver. He previously blogged about his playing career but now that he’s unsigned, you’ll have to settle for his hilarious tweets.
Don’t worry everyone. Lebron passed his concussion test that he took after getting a bloody nose #worstsportever— Ryan Whitney (@ryanwhitney6) February 21, 2014
Petchesky covers the NHL for Deadspin. Like most of their writers, he combines an incredible knowledge of the game with a great sense of humor you won’t find anywhere else.
Jimmy Graham should say he worships the Almighty Dunk and dare the NFL to persecute his TD celebrations.— Barry Petchesky (@barry) September 30, 2014
8. Andrew Shaw
Shaw grabbed the social media spotlight after the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals when he posted this picture after getting hit in the face with a puck. Even though he’s one of the young stars on a talented Chicago Blackhawks team, he still loves showing off his busted mug.
The face of a champ! pic.twitter.com/tn1Al1mf9R— Andrew Shaw (@shawz15er) June 25, 2013
He’s one of the most talented (and divisive) players in the NHL, and also one of the most incoherent Tweeters. For someone who has played professional hockey in the United States (in Washington D.C. no less) since 2005, it’s almost remarkable how little english he’s picked up.
Hahaha Whata clowns!!!….Don tell it all. Bla blah …make a deal instead of talk about Don!— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) November 10, 2012
Of all the official NHL team Twitter Accounts, the Kings are the champions. They confront trolls, initiate bets with other teams and display a sense of humor you won’t find in any other front office, especially Buffalo. Sorry Sabres fans, you guys just aren’t good.
Joseph Misulonas is an intern at Playboy.com. He can be found arguing about the Chicago Blackhawks fourth line forwards on Twitter at @jmisulonas.