Late last year, the young face of the franchise, Matt Duchene decided to open a Twitter account so that his fans could be more accessible to him. He said that growing up, he would have loved to be able to follow guys like Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg on a medium like Twitter. With his 45,000+ followers today and his 379 tweets, Duchene is no doubt one of the most popular players on the team.
Over the past couple of months, several other Avalanche players have opened Twitter accounts. Daniel Winnik, Ryan O'Byrne, Jonas Holos (although most of his Tweets are in Norwegian), Greg Mauldin (who gave me a shoutout on my birthday!), David Jones, and the newly acquired Shane O'Brien and Joakim Lindstrom. Several former Avs are also on like John-Michael Liles (from whom I also got a Retweet), Chris Stewart, and Kevin Shattenkirk. Also, many Avs prospects like 1st rounder Joey Hishon, possible goalie of the future Calvin Pickard, and Stefan Elliott. Makes sense that a lot of these guys are much more active Tweeters in the summer with it being the offseason and all.
For my complete list of Avalanche players and personnel on Twitter, check out http://twitter.com/#!/avrilanche/avalanche
David Jones joined as recently as yesterday and one of my new favorite tweeters has been TJ Galiardi. Gali's always had a reputation as a joker and a funny guy in the locker room, but also as a guy who can get under opponents' skin. Like Dan Hinote with scoring ability! If Gali can stay healthy, regain his scoring touch and his grit, could we be seeing the next Corey Perry? Ok, that might be a reach since Perry just came off a 50-goal season and was the league's MVP, but I don't think 20 goals, 50 points and a spot on a top line is out of the question for Gali. He will have some competition at Left Wing in David Jones and Gabriel Landeskog though. Anyway, here are two of Gali's tweets that literally made me laugh out loud: