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Nine hockey people you should follow on Twitter

One of the most lively areas in the online world these days is Twitter, the social networking/micro-blogging/discussion forum that’s growing by leaps and bounds.  NHL fans, being the upscale, technically savvy folks that they are, have been taking Twitter by storm, adding a new dimension to how they interact and discuss the game.

Many sites, including Kukla’s Korner (@kuklaskorner), James Mirtle’s From the Rink (@mirtle), HockeyFights.com (@hockeyfights) and the Toronto Globe & Mail (@globehockey) use Twitter as a way to alert followers to new articles as they are posted.  For me at least, these notifications often arrive quicker than waiting on an RSS reader.

But if you’re a hockey fan who wants to check out the fast-paced (and some would say addictive) Twitter experience, where do you start?  Which users should you start following?  This list should help you get rolling, or rather, “tweeting”...

Nine Hockey People You Should Follow on Twitter:

9.  Me (@forechecker)!  Hey, it’s my list…
8.  Tyler at NHL Digest.com (@nhldigest) is always out there talking about game highlights or discussing the issue of the day.  Given the frequency of his tweets, I’m guessing he’s on a constant IV feed of pure caffeine…
7.  Pokecheck (@pokecheck), author the Sliding Pokecheck, a Carolina Hurricanes blog.
6.  Christy Hammond (@behindthejersey); besides being a popular longstanding Detroit blogger, Christy is a student intern in the Red Wings’ and University of Michigan Athletic Department’s PR offices, and thus runs the gamut from general hockey talk to how new media is becoming a greater part of marketing the game.
5.  HockeyWilderness (@hockeywildernes), another frequent tweeter commenting on all things Minnesota Wild.
4.  Mother Pucker Hockey (@motherpucker) is always commenting on the night’s action, and can also point you to streaming game video as well.
3.  Shannon Paul (@shannonpaul); as the social media guru for the Detroit Red Wings (she’s also behind @detroitredwings, which provides updates related to the Winged Wheel), Shannon speaks out and solicits opinion on how best to leverage platforms like Twitter to improve the fan experience.
2.  Michael DiLorenzo (@umassdilo); Michael is the NHL’s Director of Corporate Communications, but don’t let the stuffy title fool you.  He’s always discussing the game with any and everyone, and elicits feedback on ideas such as recognizing an NHL Tweeter of the Month.  A new entry to the Twitter-verse is Michael’s colleague Nirva Milord (@nirvamilord), who will be contributing player & celebrity updates related to the league.
1.  On Frozen Blog (@OnFrozenBlog) is of course a landmark Washington Capitals blog, and with almost 800 followers (as of this writing), makes for a great jumping-off point to find other hockey-related Twitter users to build your own network.

A remarkable tool has been created by Paul Nicholson, a Nashville Predators fan who launched the @Predfans Twitter account last month.  When Twitter users send a message to @Predfans, it gets redistributed to the other @Predfans followers; and makes for a great way to have a discussion (typically during games) about the team without having to set up a relationship with (and hear all the updates from) other members of the group, which now has over 130 members including Tom Callahan, the radio voice of the Nashville Predators (@predsradio).  Paul, you’ve really got to find a way to market that tool so fans of all the NHL teams can enjoy it!  No pressure…

Several teams have also set up official accounts on Twitter that provide rapid updates for hockey fans, including @AtlThrashers, @NHL_Blackhawks, @NewYorkRangers, and @edmontonoilers.  Really guys, you should figure out a common naming format!

So get out there and start tweeting; you’ll be amazed to find how many other hockey fans are out doing the same thing, and looking for another voice to join in the conversation.

UPDATE:  Another great resource to get started with is a recent article from Minnesota Hockey Journal (@QuickFacts), “A Slap and A Tweet”.

UPDATE 2: Some NHL players are finally making their way into the Twitter-verse, like Alexander Ovechkin (@ovi8) and Patrick Elias (@pelias).

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