It was great! First time I've ever heard him speak. RT
And he didn't embarrass me in practice...that was nice of him. RT : How was meeting Pavs?
But the NHL can't have that. Today, they've released their official twitter policy, which includes the following:
Use of social media by Players scheduled to play in a particular game (including all preseason, regular reason and playoff games, but excluding All-Star events or other exhibitions) is prohibited beginning two hours prior to the opening faceoff and ending upon cessation of postgame media obligations.Additionally, as described by ESPN:
Under the useful tips section of the policy, there is a reinforcement that all "social media communications are on the record" and all applicable parties should "take responsibility for your comments."
It also calls for all parties to "respect your audience" and "pause before posting ... If you have to pause before posting your communication, then err on the side of caution by not posting it."
Now at first glance, there doesn't seem to be too much objectionable here. However, there certainly is a possibility that just the threat of NHL sanctions will quell almost all interesting tweets.
Essentially, they're stating that all tweets will be taken as if it was said in an interview. While I understand what they are trying to say, I'm certainly worried players tweets will slowly morph from an interesting insight into the players life, to only boring stoic responses which are no different from the team line. Like a post game interview.
This might mean no more greatness like these from @biznasty.
@NoUsernameNed no offense to myself. But if u bought my hockey card for 139 dollars ur prolly on drugs.
I actually taught Crosby that trick. And pretty much half of what he knows. Those who can't do teach, right. I'm like his Yoda.And more of answers about how hard the other team works and how much you respect them. And that sucks.
Of course this being said, Commie doesn't seem to worked up about the new policy:
Biznasty agrees too. Now is this the truth, or just the first effect of the chilling effect of the policy? I guess we'll find out. But I have to wonder if there really was a reason for the NHL to put in place such a policy in the first place.
sounds pretty hard to enforce. Especially if you have one account that is an "official" account and another that is an "unofficial"
Hogwash.... Commie has tweeted in the past he's a huge RATM fan, That would lead me to believe this limiting of his first amendment rights isn't sitting well with him, that response was the safe answer the NHL wanted him to tweet... Hogwash I say.
@D.M.N ...I won't do what you tell me...
The NHL's king of social media @BizNasty2point0 weighs in on the NHL's new social media policy today at 5:30pm est on @TSN1050Drive & tsn.ca