During the NHL lockout of 2004, social media as we know it was in its infancy. Facebook had just been founded and Twitter was years away from being born. In order to get the players’ opinions on the negotiations, fans were left with sports publications or NHLPA statements. Given how much time hockey players now have on their hands, that may have been a blessing.
Sure, there have been some signings in Europe but no giant exodus has started yet. A lot of guys seem to be sticking close to their respective cities and skating with their teammates. This is pretty much business as usual for them in mid-September, albeit on their own dime post CBA expiration. What’s different is how much activity has been going on on Twitter in particular.
Take last night for example. Former Bolt Mike Commodore has been in town, crashing with Teddy Purcell. Commie tweeted about finding some work fixing Teddy’s garbage disposal. Teddy took the opportunity to share a photo of the plumber at work on his own account. Just a warning, he hashtagged plumber crack for a reason. Click at your own risk. Steven Stamkos even chimed in and asked if Commie could come fix his disposal next.
Yup, we’re two days into the lockout and this is what we’re facing. For the love of God, give these guys something else to do soon.