The first half of the 2017/2018 @NHL season is now on ice and once again, hockey fans across the planet took to Twitter to talk about the league’s top teams and talent.
The league’s first-year franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights), have owned the @NHL conversation in recent months. They enter the #NHLAllStar break as the league’s most-mentioned team this season with 1.4x more mentons than the second ranked squad, the Pittsburgh Penguins (@pengunis).
The @GoldenKnights have also seen a massive growth in their Twitter audience. Since Opening Night, they have gained more than 100,000 new Twitter followers; an increase of 55% in less than four months. They are one of only seven @NHL teams to have gained upwards of 100,000 new followers this season.
North of the border, the surprising Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) have more points than any other Canadian @NHL team but it’s the Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) who won on Twitter during the season’s first half amongst Canadian teams.
These were the 10 most-mentioned team accounts on Twitter during the first half of the 2017/2018 @NHL season.
- Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights)
- Pittsburgh Penguins (@Penguins)
- New York Rangers (@NYRangers)
- Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs)
- Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks)
- Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL)
- Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins)
- Los Angeles Kings (@LAKings)
- New Jersey Devils (@njdevils)
- Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning)
Nikita Kucherov (@86Kucherov) is the league’s leading scorer at the #NHLAllStar break but he wasn’t able to break the Top 10 list of the most-mentioned @NHL players so far this season (he ranked 23rd if you’re keeping track).
These were the 10 most-mentioned @NHL players on Twitter during the first half of the 2017/2018 season.
- Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
- Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
- Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
- Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Matt Duchene, Ottawa Senators
- Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights
- Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
In terms of audience growth, the Nashville Predators defenceman P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) has gained more than 73,000 new followers this season, the most of any player in the league. Here are the five @NHL players who have gained the most new followers since the season began on October 4th:
- P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators (@PKSubban1)
- Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils (@hallsy)
- Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (@cmcdavid97)
- Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (@HLundqvist30)
- Matt Duchene, Ottawa Senators (@Matt9Duchene)
Keep tabs on Twitter during the second half of the @NHL season for the latest game highlights, trade rumours and player reactions as the road to the #StanleyCup begins.