Joffrey Lupul and Jonathan Quick (Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
You didn't have to be funny to make THN's Top 10 NHLers on Twitter list this season – you just had to stand out by being different. And these 10 players all offer something distinct to make your social media experience more enjoyable.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: 8. Steve Ott, Blues. The crafty Ott has carved out a niche for himself as one of the NHL’s premier agitators, so it’s only natural his sharp sense of humor emerges on Twitter. 7. Eddie Lack, Vancouver. Little is worse than pro athletes who never ever come off as if they enjoy the game they’re playing for a very good living. That’s not an issue with Lack, who as the Canucks’ backup goalie always looks like he’s living a charmed life and is grateful for it. Small wonder his teammates like him so much. 6. Evander Kane, Winnipeg. The Jets winger has gotten into controversy more than once with his social media exploits, but the great thing about Kane is he seems undaunted by it. He’s honest, smart, and there’s always the possibility he does something newsworthy.
5. David Backes, St. Louis. Many NHLers use their Twitter account to serve their charitable endeavors, and few do it as well as the Blues captain. The devoted animal advocate relentlessly supports a number of organizations that help pets in various ways. Even if you don’t like Backes' team, you can’t help but like a human being like that. 4. Devante Smith-Pelly, Anaheim. The Ducks winger is from Toronto and he wears that proudly, cheering on the NBA’s Raptors and baseball’s Blue Jays with as much devotion as you’d find in the most ardent fan. And Smith-Pelly is also known to Tweet some observational humor every so often.
Sometimes I catch myself watching darts on TV for hours. I have no idea why I find it entertaining. #bigcrowd #180— Evander Kane (@EKane9JETS) September 23, 2014
3. Ben Scrivens, Edmonton. Scrivens is one of the game's most learned athletes, and although he’s like many Twitter users in that he does more re-tweeting of other accounts than original tweets, the variety of topics that pique his interest shows a curious mind who wants to share his discoveries with his fans. Scrivens is also an advocate for progressive movements inside and outside of sport.
Nobody likes Shark Week as much as they pretend to like Shark week....— Devante Smith-Pelly (@smithpelly23) August 11, 2014
2. Joffrey Lupul, Toronto. The Leafs winger is about as worldly an NHLer as you’ll find, and his varied interests are apparent in his twitter feed: it’s a combination of music, politics, and his day-to-day interactions with the public, friends and family. Lupul is your rebuttal to anyone who says all players are single-minded dolts.
People w mental illness wait nearly 10 yrs to get treatment & of adults with any mental illness, 60% were untreated. http://t.co/QrB7dTiOyP— Ben Scrivens (@ben_scrivens) November 19, 2014
1. Roberto Luongo, Florida. Still the King? Here’s Luongo's Tweet after winning an NHL-record 20-round shootout against the Capitals Dec. 16:
My dad just said to me "sometimes you gotta take the crunchy w the smooth". I think it's a peanut butter analogy. I can't stop laughing.— Joffrey Lupul (@JLupul) October 10, 2014
Yeah, still the King.
I blacked out what just happened???— Strombone (@strombone1) December 17, 2014