The puck drops on the #StanleyCup Playoffs this week. Fans of the 16 @NHL squads vying for the Cup will be flocking to Twitter, ready to react and interact as the league opens its second season.
Before the race for the Cup begins, here is a look back at the @NHL teams and talents that appeared most often on Twitter during the 2017/2018 regular season.
The Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) were the talk of the @NHL in recent months as they enter the Playoffs as the league’s most discussed team on Twitter for the 2017/2018 season.
Here are the 10 @NHL teams with the most official account mentions during the 2017/2018 regular season:
- Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights)
- Pittsburgh Penguins (@Penguins)
- Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs)
- New York Rangers (@nyrangers)
- Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks)
- Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins)
- Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL)
- Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL)
- New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils)
- Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning)
Two-time #HartTrophy winner Sidney Crosby was once again the league’s most mentioned player on Twitter with the Pittsburgh Penguins (@Penguins) forward narrowly beating out a couple of Canada-based superstars, Toronto’s Auston Matthews (@AM34) and Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (@cmcdavid97).
Here are the top 10 @NHL players with the most Twitter mentions during the 2017/2018 regular season:
- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
- Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
- Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils
- Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
- Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights
- Rick Nash, Boston Bruins
- Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
In terms of @NHL superstars who gained the most new Twitter followers during the regular season, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) tops the list, followed by Nashville Predators’ P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) and the New Jersey Devils’ Taylor Hall (@hallsy49).
Keep tabs on Twitter throughout the #StanleyCup Playoffs for the best content and real-time reactions from @NHL hockey players, pundits and fans worldwide.