10 years ago today, twitter came out with a little thing known as a “hashtag”. What used to be known as a simple pound key on your phone, the “#” symbol revolutionized the way people interact with each other on social media daily. Sure there are various trending hashtags that people come up with, but in my opinion hockey fans are some of the best at creating hashtags for the sport they love so much.
In honor of the “#” turning 10 years old today, here are just a few of the funniest, creative, and completely random hashtags that come to mind.
When long time hockey player and hockey fighter John Scott was voted to play in the 2016 NHL All Star game by the NHL fans, all hell broke loose. The league’s commissioner Gary Bettman tried everything in his power to prevent him from actually playing. When us hockey fans found out that John Scott could no longer participate we were angry. But then we found out how personal it got behind the scenes. People that weren’t disclosed to us in the league but most likely Gary Bettman’s cronies or Bettman himself questioned John Scott about how his family would feel. Basically telling him he would just embarrass himself & his family since he is known more as a fourth line brawler than a goal scorer. After that happened….hockey fans used social media to force the NHL and Gary Bettman to play John Scott.
The moral of this story is basically thanks to social media nowadays, you can make anything happen as long as you push for it hard enough.
Ever since the Detroit Red Wings moved to the Eastern Conference, their biggest rival ended up being the Tampa Bay Lightning. In the first round of the 2016 Stanley cup playoffs, Tampa Bay’s Brian Boyle became a thorn in the Red Wings side. As an extreme agitator, he pissed off all of us Detroit fans. What happens when you piss off Detroit sports fans? Brian Boyle found out the hard (yet funny and completely random) way.
Mike Milbury is a former NHL player and former worthless GM of the NY Islanders. Currently employed by NBCSN. If you’re a hockey fan you probably don’t need any explanation on the background of this hashtag. He’s made awful comments about european players such as calling them ‘euro-trash’. He talks about certain players being “sissies”. But this hashtag was officially born in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs…thanks to Nashville Predators defenseman P.K Subban. First Milbury threw a temper tantrum and whined about how Subban would dance around a bit pre game during warm ups. However, when Penguins captain Sidney Crosby slammed Subban’s head into the ice and got away with it…fans got angry. What made it ten times worse was Milbury saying Subban “had it coming”.
#ItsOurGame…..#OhMamaDontYouCry & #USAHockeyIsDoOrDie
The Winter Olympics, the IIHF’s World Championships, the World Cup of Hockey and the World Junior Championships. These four events cause Canada and USA hockey fans to go to war with each other. The chirping can get ugly and annoying for both sides, but it’s great to use these hashtags when your Country wins that Gold Medal! Canadians also use theirs during Stanley Cup games.
One thing every fan of hockey agrees on is the officiating can be completely awful on any given night. Sure, fans of every NHL team believe the refs are solely out to get their team….but the reality is the refs somehow end up being against all 30 of the NHL teams (soon to be 31 thanks to Vegas). This hashtag is used by all fanbases, and it also has its own twitter account @RefYouSuck . At least the brutal officiating we suffer from some nights does have an upside after all?
Overall, some of these hashtags on hockey twitter unite us, while some of them continue to divide us. But we can all agree that nobody does ‘hash tagging’ better than us crazy passionate and wild hockey fans.
What are some of your favorite hockey twitter hashtags? Feel free to add any suggestions and/or comments! But before you do, PLEASE remember too……..