As The Olympics End, Players' Focus May Turn To The Labor Talks

By Michelle Drinnenberg

If you are an avid tweeter I’m certain you follow some of the NHL players. If so, you might have noticed that hockey players have turned to the Olympics to pass the time until the season starts. Who hasn’t devoted most of their television time to the Olympics despite the horrible coverage led on by NBC? It’s nice to see that professional hockey players are passionate about not only supporting their country, but also passionate about other sports.

Believe it or not, there’s more to life than hockey.

Here are some past tweets from players. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks tweets: “Watching @milosraonic battles today in typical Canadian fashion. #warriors” and “He is a big guy…nearly 5’10. Only hear that in gymnastics…wait why am I watching this”

Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks tweets: “Phelps baby! Go USA!”

Mike Modano, retired Dallas Star, tweets: “Love the under water camera shots during the women’s volleyball..”

Alexander Ovechkin, captain of the Washington Capitals includes a picture and tweets: “Me and Serena Williams!!!we gonna trade rackets and sticks!hahaha thanks u”

Ryan Whitney of the Edmonton Oilers tweets: “If your last name is Hooker how do you possibly name your daughter Destiny #olympicvolleyball”

Of course, there are many more tweets of this caliber and I promise you there are priceless ones of Ovechkin; mostly of him being his gf, tennis player Maria Kirilenko, biggest cheerleader.

Tonight concludes the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

If you don’t have a twitter account, I suggest that you should sign up for one. Trust me, I use to vow that I would never enter the world of Twitter. But with every celebrity or athlete that I follow or every tweet that I send out hoping I’ll get noticed by someone “big,” I am not ashamed or embarrassed one bit.  I’ve actually gotten re-tweets and responses from actors and athletes, gotten inside information on my teams and if it weren’t for Twitter, well, I wouldn’t be writing for this website.

But now, I wonder, will players be tweeting about the proceeding CBA talks as the Olympics come to an end? Sheldon Souray of the Anaheim Ducks has already addressed the labor talks as he tweets:

Talking hockey today got me excited for the start of the season! Are you hearing me @NHLPA and @NHL??!! @ThatsWhatIThought

This was tweeted four days ago. It’s apparent that as the pre-season rapidly approaches, players may start to voice their opinion on social networks such as Twitter. Who can blame them? The majority of people do that on a daily basis. It is reassuring to know that players aren’t just in the sport for the money; that they actually want to play it on time even though they can afford to maybe miss a few extra months if need be.

I’m actually looking forward to hockey players tweeting about the labor talks. If fans have to endure any form of a lockout at least reading their tweets will keep us entertained.

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