Year in Review: Top 10 NHLers on Twitter in 2014

Joffrey Lupul and Jonathan Quick (Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

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:

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Jannik Hansen ‘checked out’ OK after scary collapse on the bench

Josh Elliott
Jannik Hansen

A frightening thing happened on the Vancouver Canucks’ bench Saturday night, when forward Jannik Hansen collapsed after taking a hit during the second period against the Calgary Flames.

Hansen slumped over on the bench immediately after leaving the ice. His teammates rushed to his aid and signaled for help.

He left the bench under his own power and was taken to hospital for further evaluation.
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Team Canada hopeful Lawson Crouse leads off The Hot List

Kingston's Lawson Crouse (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

The world junior picture is beginning to clear up as the holiday classic nears. Sweden won’t get Andre Burakovsky from Washington and Canada won’t get Bo Horvat from Vancouver, but the biggest blow may be to the Russians. That’s because Nikita Zadorov has become too integral to the suddenly-hot Buffalo Sabres. The World Jr. A Challenge also has some great talent this year and it’s going on now, so let’s take a look at some of the young players we’re excited to see in the NHL one day.

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Behemoth 2015 prospect Jordan Greenway leads off The Hot List

Jordan Greenway (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

World junior camps are approaching and some teams are getting excellent news already. Most recently, Canada found out that New York Rangers rookie Anthony Duclair will be loaned out, giving the host nation another speedy and dangerous offensive weapon in its arsenal. Finland must be happy that Dallas gave its blessing for Julius Honka to return, while Washington’s Andre Burakovsky is still a wait-and-see for Sweden. In the meantime, here are some of the other top prospects making noise in the hockey world.

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Why patience is a virtue, by Radim Vrbata

Radim Vrbata (Getty Images)

Vancouver Canucks right winger Radim Vrbata had just one goal in his past six games – after scoring 10 in the previous 19 games – heading into Sunday’s showdown against the host Ottawa Senators. But the veteran sniper showed that patience, both from game-to-game and minute-to-minute on the ice, is a virtue that eventually gets rewarded.

Vrbata, who’d found the back of the net only once since Nov. 23, took a nice pass from teammate Ryan Stanton at center ice and broke in on Sens goalie Craig Anderson with just one Ottawa defenseman between them. The 33-year-old former Coyotes mainstay could’ve passed to another Canuck, but he found that holding onto the puck, getting Anderson to bite on an attempted poke check, and deftly twisting around him and scoring the first goal of the game was a better plan: Read more

Bure and Ovechkin: 702 games, three goals apart. Who’s better?

Alexander Ovechkin equalled Pavel Bure's career games played last weekend, and their numbers are remarkably similar. (Getty Images)

Don’t you love it when a perfect comparison delivers itself to you on a plate?

Credit to a Reddit user named ‘Nuppa Nuppa’ for pointing this out. Alex Ovechkin played his 702nd career game this past Saturday in Toronto. In doing so, he equalled Pavel Bure’s total. So arguably the two greatest pure goal scorers of the last 25 years sat at precisely the same sample size before Ovie reached 703 games Tuesday. Lo and behold, they were just three goals apart.

Bure: 702 games, 437 goals, 779 points
Ovechkin: 702 games, 434 goals, 835 points

Those numbers leap off the page, get down on their knees and beg us to ask: who is better? ‘The Russian Rocket’ or ‘Alexander the GR8′?

Let’s break it down.

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Canucks stuck with Canadiens banner after Montreal Movember domination

Jared Clinton
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At the outset of Movember, the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks made a friendly wager: whichever organization raised less money throughout the campaign had to take a bit of pride for the other team in the form of a blog and social media banners.

The banner shows a Canadiens fan holding up a “Go Habs Go” sign inside the Rogers Arena: Read more