Entries with the tag: twitter
Popular NHL Tweeter Lee Snowden (@SnowdenNHL) was kind enough to take time out of his summer schedule to give us his thoughts on what is going on in the NHL in the off-season as well as his opinions on his favorite team, the Calgary Flames.
PH: What are your general thoughts regarding what has happened so far this off-season whether it has been a trade, signing, draft pick, etc.?
LS: Pretty slow, really. Just prior to July 1st, we were all expecting this to be a summer filled with trades, it hasn’t turned out that way. Lots of big names still being thrown around in the rumour mills and there are also plenty of free agents left. I still think we will see some action.
PH: How much of an impact do you think Zach Parise and Ryan Suter will have on the Minnesota Wild? Do these two signings automatically make the Wild a playoff team or is there still a lot of work to be done to make that happen? Why?
LS: Obviously the signings are huge for the Wild as an organization. They had a nice sell-out streak going, only to see it end a few seasons back. As far as the playoffs go, the signings don’t hurt. Michael Granlund, Jonas Brodin, and Charlie Coyle coming soon also add to the Wild’s depth. While I don’t believe the playoffs are a sure thing, they will definitely be in the hunt. It’s a very nice looking group of forwards, but the back-end needs some work.
As you are all well aware of, Twitter is an extremely valuable resource when it comes to following the latest in the hockey world.
One such Tweeter who really seems to get that is @NHLGossip, also known as Chris Hueber. Hueber re-Tweets a lot of valuable hockey information and more importantly, is accurate when he does so. This guy is not a rumor monger and is someone who only re-Tweets what valuable and well known NHL insiders are saying.
Chris was kind enough to take time out of his busy Tweeting schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he came up with his Twitter account as well as his thoughts on the Buffalo Sabres and NHL free agency.
PH: How did you get into hockey?
CH: I grew up just outside of Buffalo and have always loved the Buffalo Sabres. I became a fan of the Sabres when I was old enough to have the patience to watch the games. I mean, the trap made the game so bad when I was really young that after the first period, I lost interest. I think I was about 8 when I got really into it. I loved watching guys like Brad May, Rob Ray and Matt Barnaby run around fighting every night. I also always liked watching Alexander Mogilny and Pat LaFontaine.
Lee Snowden, one of the best hockey Tweeters out there, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on the Calgary Flames, what has happened this postseason and of course, his Stanley Cup Final Prediction.
PH: What do you think of the Bob Hartley hiring by the Calgary Flames?
LS: Obviously, Jay Feaster is familiar with Bob. Hartley has had success at every level in hockey. Most recently winning a championship in the Swiss league with Zurich. Feaster has made it very clear the Flames goal is to get back in the playoffs, and an experienced coach like Hartley is a good first step.
PH: How do you think that Bob Hartley can make the team better for next season?
LS: Maybe just a complete culture change. This team has been under the ‘Sutter influence’ the last 9 or so years. My thinking is a new attitude and identity will be the key to turning things around here.
PH: Besides the coaching change, what other moves do you see the Flames trying to make this off-season?
LS: Nothing too drastic. I think similar to what they did last summer. A few small trades could be expected. Continue to make solid draft selections and give the youngsters every opportunity to make the big club. No doubt free agency will be looked at to fill out some areas with a bit of depth.
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).
As most of you know by now, Twitter is a great way to connect with other hockey fans and talk about the sport we all know and love.
One such user on Twitter that really takes that to a whole different level is @NHLFANCHAT. This user has well over 2,000 followers and as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue on, his numbers will continue to rise.
He was kind enough to take time out of his busy Twitter hockey fan chat schedule to tell us a bit about himself:
PH: How did you get into hockey?
NFC: Hockey has always been an important part of growing up in our household. My father was a huge hockey fan. When I was 4 years old, my dad enrolled me in minor league hockey and immediately made an ice rink in the backyard for me to practice. Besides playing winter hockey, I played in summer hockey leagues and took skating lessons. I was good enough to reach Triple A Major by the age of 14 but stopped playing due to multiple concussions.
As I got older, I started to play organized non-professional to shinny hockey with friends.
Hockey is part of my DNA.
Considering that the Blueshirts have struggled against the Borad Street Bullies this season, starting Biron makes a lot of sense for tonight. He’s been a solid performer for the Rangers this season and it will be interesting to see how he plays against a tough and extremely talented team in the Philadelphia Flyers.
The move also makes sense because starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was constantly under siege last night in the team’s 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. Remember, if the team manages to clinch a playoff spot, they will want a rested and healthy Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes and a move like this one helps make that happen.
What are your thoughts folks? Think head coach John Tortorella is making the right move? How do you think Biron will perform against his former club?
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:
One thing I had not really grasped until a few days before UFA Day was Twitter. I really had no time to figure out exactly how it works and what I did know was I would have to filter the hockey news flowing in from Twitter since many people like to tell you what they are doing throughout the day.
I don’t want to know that a hockey fan in Philadelphia is at an ice cream store. I don’t care that you just took a shower and I really have no need to see a picture of your dog playing dead.
What I want is hockey news as quickly as possible and Twitter does provide that if you know where to look. It is much quicker to type “Pronger traded to Philly” and post that on Twitter than it is to post it as a news story on one of the reputable hockey Websites or blogs.
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