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by George Malik on 07/17/11 at 11:48 PM ET
Via RedWingsFeed on Twitter, which happens to have created a very official list (to the point that it’s Twitter-approved and has a secure “https” address) of the Detroit Red Wings’ players and prospects who take part in “Tweeting,” but Jimmy Howard is not one of them. Someone pretending to be Howard claimed to have a Twitter account this past weekend, but that person is not in fact Howard, as the Red Wings’ goalie told the Portland Press-Herald’s Rachel Lenzi:
Saturday morning, Jimmy Howard’s phone wouldn’t stop chirping. He wondered if he’d gotten traded. He wondered if something happened. But when he finally got in touch with a member of the Detroit Red Wings public relations staff, they only had one question for him: “Are you on Twitter?”
Short answer? No.
Howard said this afternoon he does not have a Twitter account. But the Detroit Red Wings goalie isn’t a stranger to social networking.
“It’s not the first time,” said Howard, who played at Maine from 2002-2005. “There’s been a couple of fake Facebook accounts and whatnot out there. I guess, in a way, it’s flattering. But at the same time, it’s a little bit creepy how these things just show up.”
Sunday afternoon at MHG Ice Centre in Saco, Howard tended goal in the Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation’s “Faceoff For A Cause,” a first-time charity hockey game. It was Howard’s first day on skates since the San Jose Sharks eliminated the Red Wings from the second round of the playoffs more than two months ago. But while Howard spends the offseason living and training in the Bangor area, a Twitter account - @jimmyhoward32- was created Friday on the popular social networking site, then caught fire Saturday morning. Among the tweets: asking NHL goalies Jonathan Quick and Martin Biron for 140-character shoutouts, and writing about visiting Detroit’s facilities.
It’s common for pro athletes, celebrities, heck, even journalists to have the microblogging accounts that allow the user to share information, make connections and/or express their deepest (or shallowest) thoughts in 140 characters or less. Likewise, it’s common for impostors to arise.
“It was funny, because yesterday my phone just started ringing off the hook,” Howard said. “The Red Wings wondered if I was actually tweeting and I was like, ‘nah, it’s not me.’ “
Given that it’s a well-known fact that Howard spends July and part of August in Maine, and that the Red Wings have no “workout facility” aside from Joe Louis Arena (Kris Draper’s Core Sports Fitness in Troy isn’t “official”)...Red flags. Many red flags.
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