Paul Bissonnette and George Parros are famous for their fists on the ice and their keyboard fingers off it. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
It’s the dog days of summer and you can’t follow your favorite NHL players on the ice. But thanks to the rise of social media, that doesn’t mean you can’t follow them off it. In reverse order, here are the best active NHLers to follow on Twitter (and thanks to Buffalo resident Shannon Fisher – @ShanV11 – for the idea):
After spending the majority of last season in the American League, Commodore is back in the NHL with Detroit. He’s as self-deprecating, honest and funny as anyone in the game.
Sample Tweet: “(I)t’s confirmed…(Chris) Bosh was crying in the hallway...wow. I know losing in the finals sucks but keep it together till no cameras around.”
The Oilers left winger had a breakout season in 2010-11 with 18 goals, but he’s also becoming famous for his humorous, mostly friendly tweets.
Sample Tweet: “I love the response I got from fans for sayin I don’t like the Nucks. Am I supposed to like the teams I play against? #urnotspecialitsallteams”
The Ducks star right winger is usually fun-loving and polite to people with whom he interacts. But he’s not above answering his critics or giving a former teammate the business.
Sample Tweet (to his fellow professional player buddy): “You look like a scarecrow and a condor mated.”
Brown isn’t just the captain of the L.A. Kings and one of the league’s hardest, cleanest hitters – he’s also a dedicated Twitter user and a hugely charitable guy who cares about more than just hockey (including his work with the “Make My Day Mondays” initiative.)
Sample Tweet: “Going to buy some tickets for soldiers to Thursday's game. Join me in #mmdm lakings.com/seatsforsoldiers”
The Ducks enforcer and Princeton graduate is anything but a lunkhead and proves it with Tweets that range from hilarious to philosophical.
Sample Tweet: “All of my contemporaries are at the ESPYs tonight while I am subbing in an adult kickball game...I gotta score more goals”
Perron was plagued with a concussion for most of last season, but remains one of the brightest young talented players in the league and doesn’t mind making his opinions known.
Sample Tweet: “For those who say Kovalev didn't care, you are NOT born with skills and finesse like that, you work at it, and he sure did!!!”
One of the more well-traveled names on this list, Lupul is more intelligent than the average NHLer and is as passionate about music and other sports as he is about hockey.
Sample Tweet: “Foster The People or Eddie Vedder tonight?? Tough call.”
The Oilers D-man has something to say about sports and entertainment issues and doesn’t care who knows it.
Sample Tweet: “I can't believe the Patriots traded for possibly the laziest, biggest idiot in pro sports. Albert Haynesworth is a slob.”
Arguably the most talented player on this list, Couture is mature beyond his years and clearly is having fun in the Twitter world.
Sample Tweet: “Trying to find footage of @jamalmayers first NHL goal. Did they have cameras back in 98-99? If so, is it black and white?”
The ‘Don’ Vito Corleone of hockey players on Twitter, BizNasty can get a bit raunchy, but he’s a good-natured dude and knows his role online and on the ice.
Sample Tweet: “If you wear sunglasses in a club, you're a loser.”
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