Sunday, March 22, 2009

NHL parody Twitter accounts - the full list

The fake Brian Burke twitter account first appeared in late January, intended as a one-off joke over at Pension Plan Puppets. Since then the account has been covered on Yahoo, misrepresented by the Globe and Mail, blamed by Eklund for causing the downfall of the sports blogging industry, and become one of the most popular hockey feeds in the world, before finally settling back into relative obscurity where it belongs.

But maybe most interesting of all, the account seems to have been ground zero for an internet mini-trend, as dozens of other parody accounts have appeared in recent weeks. Yes, the NHL may not have much in the way of TV presence or sports fan mindshare these days, but when it comes to the "fake twitter comedy account" online micro-niche, this league is seriously dominating.

While the fakes initially included other NHL GMs, there's now a long list of coaches, players and media personalities as well. None were associated with the original Burke account, and with only a few exceptions I have no idea who is behind any of them.

Below is a full list of all the parody accounts that I know of (feel free to let me know about any I've missed). Some are dormant, most are active, some are very funny, and others not so much.

Again, none of these are the real deal -- they're all parodies. Have a look and follow anyone who seems like they could give you a laugh.

Front Office
Brian Burke
John Ferguson Jr.
Cliff Fletcher
Bob Gainey
Ken Holland
Brett Hull
Les Jackson
Dean Lombardi
Kevin Lowe
Bryan Murray
Dave Nonis
David Poile
Jim Rutherford
Glen Sather v1
Glen Sather v2
Ray Shero
Darryl Sutter
Garth Snow
Steve Tambellini
Don Waddell

Peter Deboer
Paul Maurice
Tom Renney
Michel Therrien
John Tortorella v1
John Tortorella v2
Ron Wilson

Daniel Alfredsson
Jason Blake
Adam Foote
Dany Heatley
Shane Hnidy
Ryan Hollweg
Alexei Kovalev
Evgeni Nabokov
Andrew Peters
Justin Pogge
Chris Pronger
Petr Prucha
Wade Redden
Miroslav Satan
Luke Schenn
Alexander Semin
Jose Theodore
Jonathan Toews
Vesa Toskala
Kyle Wellwood

Howard Berger
Don Cherry
Nick Kypreos
Mike Milbury
David Shoalts

Tiny Dictators
Gary Bettman

By the way, Alex Ovechkin and Patrick Elias are both real, although neither has updated since the all-star break. (Update: Looks like Elias is back at it again.)

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  1. The Brian burke account got me on Twiitter and It's still the one I like best.It's stil pretty funny even though the season is not.

  2. Brian Burke has done more for Twitter than he has for the Leafs so far... =p