Do Canadians outside of British Columbia actively root against the Vancouver Canucks? The Los Angeles Kings apparently think so.
The Kings’ official twitter had this to say after their 4-2 victory over Vancouver in Game 1 of their first round series, “To everyone in Canada outside of BC, you’re welcome.”
Of course, that wasn’t the only tweet by Los Angeles last night that made waves. In response to what they felt was Ryan Kesler taking a dive, the Kings tweeted, “Richards and Kesler share words, looks like a gust of wind sent Kesler tumbling.”
Clearly, whoever is running the Kings’ social media efforts isn’t about to shy away from controversy in their efforts to promote and root for their team. Do you think they’re going too far in their comments, or is it fair game for a team’s official twitter feed to poke fun at or even outright mock their opponents during a playoff series?
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Here’s a detailed look back at Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin‘s first 10 years in the NHL. (NHL.com)
Speaking of Crosby, he’s signed a multiyear partnership with adidas. (Newswire)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play a key role in easing Connor McDavid into the NHL. (Edmonton Sun)
After two polar opposite seasons, the jury is still out on Patrick Roy as a head coach. (Denver Post)
Marc-Andre Fleury enjoys pulling off pranks on his teammates. “I play better when I’m looser, laughing and having fun,” he said. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Art McDonald, a Canadian who won recently won a Nobel Prize, talked to the committee members about the Toronto Maple Leafs. (SB Nation)
The St. Louis Blues named Rob DiMaio their director of player personnel on Tuesday.
He’s been with the organization for some time. He joined as a pro scout in 2008 and was the pro scouting director starting in August 2012.
He was also a scout for the Dallas Stars before landing with the Blues (one would assume his biggest connection is GM Doug Armstrong, then).
In case his nose didn’t give it away, he also enjoyed a lengthy hockey career over 19 seasons.
No doubt about it, this is a pivotal season for the Blues after multiple campaigns in which strong regular seasons dissolved into playoff disappointments. Perhaps DiMaio can make a difference in a heightened role?