by Patrick Hoffman on 08/05/11 at 03:00 PM ET
As all of you are well aware of, Twitter is a terrific social media outlet for puckheads everywhere.
One such hockey nut who utilizes Twitter on a regular basis is Lee Snowden. Lee was kind enough to take sometime out of his summer schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he got into Tweeting and what he thinks the future of hockey and Twitter are.
PH: How did you get into hockey?
LS: I actually moved to Canada from England when I was about 4 years old. I remember as a youngster my Dad would listen to Peter Maher call the Flames games on the radio, and we would watch the games on channel 2 & 7 in Calgary as they were called by the legend Ed Whalen. I was lucky enough to have my Dad take me to quite a few Flames games as a kid, I was at the Dome in 1994 when Bure knocked us out.
PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team and player? Why?
LS: Obviously, the Flames were my team growing up having lived in Calgary for so long. I didn’t have a favorite player until I was in junior high school when a rookie named Jeremy Roenick burst on the scene in Chicago. I loved his scoring ability and skill as a young player. Then he evolved into the clutch, outspoken player we all now know (and love).
PH: Why have you become so involved on Twitter as a hockey Tweeter?
LS: I signed up on Twitter in 2009, July 2nd. I was looking to get some ‘inside’ info on the free agents. I have always been fascinated with getting news first. I find myself searching for certain things, stats on Twitter. I then post these things in my own tweets so others don’t have to go looking for them. Getting to sit on a panel on TV for a deadline day or July 1st would surely be a dream come true.
PH: What are you trying to provide followers on your Twitter feed?
LS: Like it says in my short bio there, I’m a huge hockey guy who loves the stats, money figures, and good old debates. If you are a fantasy hockey person, or just someone who wants to know and hear a bit more than the final score, hopefully I’d be someone to follow.
PH: It seems like you like to engage with your followers on the latest hockey news. What is that experience like for you? Has it taught you anything?
LS: I’m sure like most, I have followers who really know the game and some who don’t as much (casual fans). When I get questions from the casual fan, I try to direct them down ‘the more-likely’ path, although sometimes I get caught up in it too as I am still a fan (Brad Richards to Cgy). I love debating hockey, no matter the topic. I always try to start the hockey trivia games when drinking with buddies. Twitter has taught me to make sure I know what I am talking about. Since I try to keep my followers up to date with correct information, I have actually dabbled into the CBA more than I ever would have before. Another thing, don’t bother arguing with an Oilers fan, hahaha.
PH: When it comes to hockey and Twitter, why do you think it has been so successful?
LS: Like myself, I think a lot of fans want to be in the know right away and get their opinions heard by as many as possible. Any sport, fans love to debate.
PH: How do you think, if at all, hockey will expand on Twitter whether it is blogging or other new media options?
LS: What I would like to see is knowledgeable fans have their voices heard and blogs read rather than just hearing the same old regurgitated blabber from radio hosts and team beat reporters. I love that I can follow different folks for my hockey news, some people I didn’t even know were out there until I got going on Twitter.
PH: Anything else you’d like to share about Twitter and hockey with Kukla’s Korner readers?
LS: I’m definitely not an Eklund clone or anything like that. I don’t claim to have sources. I do however use the Twitter search and look for anything I can find on pending free agents or trade rumours and relay them to my followers. You just get a feeling of who your followers want to know about, and I think I have a pretty good grasp on that. Give me a chance and a follow, @SnowdenNHL
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