Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/16/12 at 04:50 PM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Hockey fans are always glued to the wall-to-wall trade deadline TV shows, but Edmonton Oilers defenceman Ryan Whitney thinks Twitter is taking over as the first source of information for where players are going.
Not just with the fans, but with the NHL rank-and-file.
Whitney found out he was traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins and then the Anaheim Ducks from the team GMs in 2009 and 2010, not from seeing his name scrawled across a TV screen, but it’s a Twitter universe now. Whitney should know: he’s got 77,735 followers (@ryanwhitney6).
“You’ll be finding out on the internet ths year … so many people are on Twitter. Even if players don’t have their own account, they all know how to get on Twitter and they follow people like (Bob) McKenzie (TSN). Look at the Mike Cammalleri trade (Montreal Canadiens to Calgary Flames for Rene Bourque). That was Twitter first, and it was in the middle of the season, not on the deadline day,” said Whitney.
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