Anaheim Ducks and Twitter…..
In case you haven’t noticed, penaltykill.net has now added Twitter to the blog. (Thanks, sharksfan!!) So, I’ve been thinking about Twitter and what it has done to enhance my own ‘hockey experience.’
I became a member of Twitter this past hockey season, specifically because of my team, the Anaheim Ducks. My first two ‘follows’ were, amazingly enough, Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center. It added a new dimension to being a fan; the Ducks and Honda Center ‘twittered’ contests and discounts for the team store. During the playoffs, there was a fan road trip to San Jose and those of us unable to go, were able to “be there” with Twitter. Getting tweets even now from the Honda Center is kinda cool; my home away from home lets me know that Beyonce was in the house. (Do I care in reality? Not unless she can drop the gloves like Parros or shoot the puck like Getzlaf…) However, since I am a huge fan of Metallica, those tweets will be welcome when they play the Honda Center in December.
Why Twitter? Why let everyone know what you are doing at that moment? C’mon! You don’t have to tell everything!!! The reason I set up a Twitter account was to connect with other Anaheim Ducks fans and I have accomplished that goal. What I didn’t realize was that I would find so many people across the globe who share a love of hockey. I am the type that doesn’t like to put all my business out there, so I was surprised to find that I actually had people following me!! ME! Now, I love hockey and I love the Ducks. To find others who feel the same was amazing. During the season, Ducks fans kept in touch with twitter, discussed the games, smack talked a bit and generally had a good time. We commiserated when the Ducks left the playoffs due to a bad goal. (For the record, one cannot PUSH the goalie into the net in order to get a goal!!!! And watch out when said goalie gets FURIOUS at the ref. Whew! Normally stalwart guy becomes Godzilla. God, I love hockey….love me my goalies, too!) But I digress.
Most hockey fans know that when the season ends, it is such a letdown. We all go through withdrawals. So much so, we tend to find anything “hockey” to fill that void. This summer, for me, that void is being filled by Twitter. I am not sure how it happened, but suddenly I have numerous hockey friends! And we all have the same thing in common: love of hockey and withdrawal symptoms!!!
I have Duck friends, Canucks, NJ Devils, Blue Jackets, Sharks, Stars, Penguins and Avs just to name a few. I have Duck friends who are local (or loco, depending on the person!) and some who are in Canada and beyond. I have a thing for goalies and was lucky enough to ‘find’ goalies on Twitter from Colorado and Finland! On both of their sites, I have learned a great deal and find it really interesting to see a goalie website from Finland. TheGoalieGuild in Colorado hosts a fundraiser tournament that I think is phenomenal!! If he could bring a tournament out to the West Coast, that would be awesome.
The craziest time was just recently with the draft and free agency. Did I mention we go through withdrawals???? Anything hockey puts us all in our glory and the tweeps didn’t disappoint. At any given time, I would look at my phone and have up to over 35 new tweets regarding the draft and later, free agency. When I was at Disneyland for the day, I was updated with ANY hockey news. The same thing happened when I flew up to the Bay Area for a few days. We’ve discussed all types of movement within the league and it’s been a great deal of fun. I’ve learned a lot so far this off season and have bookmarked so many blogs, I don’t know how I’ll keep up with them all. I like the idea that I have ‘friends’ who are fans of other teams; right now, most of them are Ducks fans. (yes, I even have Red Wings in the list, too.) I also follow other bloggers, NHL Live, an NHL agent and people from TSN.
Right now, all is quiet on the hockey front. Things will pick up as we get closer to the start of the season and I’m thinking my Twitter account will probably implode. Being on the West Coast, I’m sure to get some amazingly funny tweets from those on the East Coast during their games. Should be interesting, to say the least.
If you get random tweets from us hockey fans, just understand we are going through withdrawals and are anxiously awaiting the start of training camp….or preseason…or anything that even HINTS at hockey. Understand our pain.
And yes, if Heatly actually does something, we will jump all over it.