In this day and age, social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter are so popular and prevalent, it seems as though everyone and their dog (which is true in some cases) have an account. Social networking is so much a part of Western society there was even a movie made about it. In other sports such as football and basketball, athletes are among the most followed participants, and hockey players are trying to catch up, starting with Phoenix Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonette, who’s random tweets are both strange and humorous, as they provide fans with a glimpse into the lives and personalities of hockey players. In the Edmonton Oilers dressing room, there is no doubt a lot of tweeting going on, as at least three members have NHL confirmed Twitter accounts. Injured stars Taylor Hall and Ryan Whitney have been tweeting more frequently as they recover, and Ryan Jones is one of the most interesting NHLers on Twitter. Prospect Jeff Petry also has a twitter account of his own. Make sure to follow all of them, there is no shortage of entertainment.
For fans, following NHL players can be very exciting, as they are able to experience the true personalities of the players that often have a reputation of being dull and boring. If the recent flux of hockey players tweeting is any indication, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Whether it be thoughts about games, food, pranks or even March Madness predictions, NHL players who tweet remind the world of the lighter side of sports, and remind everyone that regardless of how idolized they are, athletes are human just like the rest of us.
The end of the season probably can’t come soon enough for the injury riddled Oilers, who dropped a 4-0 decision last night in St. Louis. Edmonton does have a chance to play spoilers to the rival Calgary Flames on Saturday night, who are still in a dog-fight for a playoff spot. The Flames pretty much have to win out if they want to have a chance, and the Oilers would love nothing more than to ruin those plans. After Saturday, the final installment of the battle of Alberta is on April 6th in Calgary. The Oilers are very comfortably sitting in the 30th spot overall in the NHL with 56 points. The next closest team is the Colorado Avalanche, who are in 29th with 64 points. There are 8 games left in the season for the Oilers, who look primed to get another first overall pick in this summer’s NHL entry draft.