Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated released their second annual Twitter 100, a countdown of the 100 most essential Twitter accounts in sports. Shortly thereafter, Deadspin released a rebuttal, a list of the 67 worst. With Twitter lists on our mind, we thought it might be worth creating something similar for Canucks fans. This is that: the Pass it to Bulis Twitter 50.
Now, this list — juried by myself, Daniel, and an anonymous third party who is to blame for any omission or selection that offends you — provides 50 accounts worth a follow if you’re a Canucks fan on Twitter: beat guys, radio stations, fans, bloggers and players. But, of course, the Canucks community is much larger than just 50 accounts, which is why we’ve avoided naming this “The Essential 50″ or “50 must-follows” or some such other nonsense that suggests you’re doing it wrong if you’re not following these accounts, or that other accounts are somehow not as good.
It’s for that same reason that they’re presented in no particular order. These are just 50 accounts we think Canuck fans will benefit from following. Effectively, think of the PITB Twitter 50 as a starter pack.
1 | Vancouver Canucks – The Vancouver Canucks official twitter account is as essential as it gets, livetweeting games, interacting with fans, and posting exclusive pictures, video, and contests.
What now? Become a Cryptozoologist to discover pugeons, duckodiles and Chavrilians? bit.ly/UkyA50
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) September 18, 2012
2 | Kevin Bieksa – After months of campaigning, Twitter finally got Juice; the wait was well worth it, as Bieksa is a funny guy, particularly when he’s making fun of Kesler or Burrows.
— Kevin Bieksa (@kbieksa3) August 11, 2012
3 | Ryan Kesler – While his account was originally used just to shill his clothing line, his account got significantly more personal and funny while he was recovering from surgery last year.
— Ryan Kesler (@Ryan_Kesler) August 17, 2012
4 | David Booth – Do you like hunting? Do you love Jesus? Do you like occasional train wrecks?
Season needs to start soon! Elk hunting is too hard.
— David Booth (@D_Booth7) September 21, 2012
5 | Brendan Gaunce – The Canucks’ latest 1st round draft pick and newly-appointed captain of the Belleville Bulls loves hockey, Taylor Swift, and Pokemon, not necessarily in that order.
— Brendan Gaunce (@BrendanGaunce16) August 15, 2012
6 | Eddie Lack – Goaltending prospect and short-shorts aficionado, Lack is interactive, silly, and occasionally posts topless pictures of himself.
— Eddie Lack (@eddielack) September 11, 2012
7 | Probably Roberto Luongo – Self-deprecating and hilarious, @strombone1 isn’t just an essential Canucks follow, but an essential life follow.
Things have so gotten so crazy busy that I had to wish my wife a happy b-day in person instead of through Facebook like a normal human being
—Strombone (@strombone1) August 25, 2012
8 | Not Roberto Luongo – Arguably the best hockey player parody account on Twitter, mainly because the real Roberto Luongo interacts with him all the time. He’s a Blackhawks fan, but somehow that doesn’t matter.
You are a place, not a person. RT @rogersarena: It’s time for Metallica. Again. Are you ready?
— Roberto Luongo (@NotBobbyLu) August 26, 2012
9 | Dan Murphy – Sportsnet reporter and host who frequently breaks Canucks-related news.
Burrows deal is for 18-milion over 4-years.
— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) September 14, 2012
10 | Jason Botchford – Beat reporter for the Vancouver Province, who is one of the most well-connected writers in the city. Very interactive.
GMMG on luongo trade: “We’re one the league’s wealthiest teams. We don’t have fire sales.”
— Jason Botchford (@botchford) September 12, 2012
11 | Elliott Pap – Beat reporter for the Vancouver Sun and the go-to source for Canucks-centric cynicism.
With Burrows signing, Canucks core isn’t getting any younger. Isn’t this what happened to Flames? #justwondering
— Elliott Pap (@ElliottPap) September 14, 2012
12 | Brad Ziemer – Beat reporter for the Vancouver Sun, who also occasionally covers golf.
Markus Naslund wishes the Sedins could ride to the rescue of his injury-riddled Modo team. “It would be a dream to have them in the lineup.”
— Brad Ziemer (@BradZiemer) September 20, 2012
13 | Gord McIntyre – Beat reporter for the Province covering a wide-range of sports.
Gillis can see Kassian as a top-6 forward this year: “We’re incredibly impressed … with how hard Zack has worked this summer.”
— Gordon McIntyre (@gmacsports) July 23, 2012
14 | Iain MacIntyre – Not to be confused with Gord, columnist for the Vancouver Sun.
Luongo staying patient: “I’m still playing with a bunch of guys I love and respect. There’s no reason for me to be frustrated.”
— Iain MacIntyre (@imacVanSun) September 12, 2012
15 | Cam Cole – Vancouver Sun columnist, one of the best sports writers in the business, and an all-around great guy.
If I don’t give a rat’s ass about #RNC, do I have to turn in my sportswriter’s card? Because yknow sports people are SO wise about politics.
— Cam Cole (@rcamcole) August 31, 2012
16 | Jim Jamieson – Beat reporter for the Province with plenty of inside info.
At #canucksprospects and interesting to see former Van goalie Dan Cloutier out there, assisting goaltender coach Rollie Melanson.
— Jim Jamieson (@JamiesonCanucks) June 29, 2012
17 | Hosea Cheung – Sports writer for 24 Hours Vancouver who works harder than you do.
Vancouver Giants open their season Friday at Coliseum. Centre Cain Franson says they’ll be overlooked but will “surprise a lot of people.”
— Hosea Cheung (@hosea24hours) September 19, 2012
18 | Guts McTavish – Sports columnist and puppet for 24 Hours Vancouver who frequently starts the most popular Canucks hashtags.
5-4 9:46 left in the final of 1987 Canada Cup. Call it a hunch but I say create 2 huge lines by separating Gretzky & Lemieux.
— Guts McTavish (@gutsmctavish24) September 13, 2012
19 | Ben Kuzma – Sports writer for the Province, who also makes frequent appearances on the Team 1040 and covers the Canucks for The Hockey News.
Daniel Sedin takes shot off left wrist during 14 player rent-a-skate at UBC. Smiles. Shakes it off.
— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) September 18, 2012
20 | Kevin Woodley – Covers the Canucks for NHL.com and has particular insight into goaltending.
Some will point to Schneider as St. Croix success from Moose but changed game significantly under Melanson, ironically w/ Allaire-like depth
— Kevin Woodley (@KevinisInGoal) September 18, 2012
21 | Matt Sekeres – Team 1040 host and discussion starter. Known to say “What say you?”
Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman says he’s still waiting on a Shane Doan decision. 1 hour to go.
— Matthew Sekeres (@mattsekeres) September 14, 2012
22 | Blake Price – Team 1040 host and discussion continuer, in that he’s quite interactive.
forget what I sound like?Remind yourself why you hate me, NEXT, on @team1040
— Blake Price (@blakeprice1040) September 3, 2012
23 | Jeff Paterson – Reporter and post-game contributor for Team 1040, as well as writing for various other outlets.
— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) September 20, 2012
24 | Team 1040 – The official account for the radio home of the Vancouver Canucks. Essential for knowing when your favourite player will be on the air.
— TEAM Radio (@TEAM1040) September 12, 2012
25 | News 1130 Sports – The sports account for the News 1130 radio. Often first on Canucks’ transactions.
Burrows agent says he’s talking with the teams but Burrows has not made decision yet to play over-seas. — News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) September 18, 2012
26 | Katie Maximick - Sports reporter for the Alaska-Highway News and former Canucks blogger. Occasionally cantankerous. Backstreet Boys fan.
27 | Jeff Angus – Blogger at Canucks Army, Angus Certified, and Dobber Hockey. Personal trainer to the stars (and also normal people).
Whenever Luongo is traded, this summer should be treated as a case study in “amicable breakups 101.” Both sides understand the process.
— Jeff Angus (@anguscertified) September 12, 2012
28 | Wyatt Arndt – Blogger at the Province’s Legion of Blog. Maker of fine gifs.
Andrew Alberts scored. You should probably fold your franchise San Jose.
— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) November 27, 2011
29 | Jordan Bowman – Blogger at the Province’s Legion of Blog. Always camera ready. Coiner of the term, “Trevor Linden good.”
Mason Raymond beats icing calls like they owe him money. — j.Bowman (@jBowmancouver) December 11, 2011
30 | Thomas Drance – Editor of Canucks Army. Egghead. Smoker. Mason Raymond apologist.
If Fin got laid off, the headline could realistically just be: “Fin.” — Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) September 19, 2012
31 | Cam Davie – Blogger for Canucks Army. Fellow Maple Ridgian. The nicest guy in Canucks fandom.
If Shane Doan signs in Vancouver – say bye to liberty. SAY GOODBYE TO FREEDOM.
— The Tinfoil Tuque (@tinfoiltuque) September 14, 2012
32 | Clay Imoo – The second-nicest guy. Blogger at Canucks Hockey Blog, youth pastor, musical prodigy.
Good tussle.Byron looks to be a tough son of a Bitz.
— Clay Imoo (@CanuckClay) February 4, 2012
33 | Chris Golden - Blogger at Canucks Hockey Blog, longtime interactive fan. Followed by the official Canucks account; I don’t think they realize it.
Beer beer beer beer beer beer beer.
— Chris Golden (@lyteforce) October 1, 2010
34 | Cam Charron – Egghead supreme. Advanced stats booster. Take away his graph paper and he’ll flip right out.
CHRIS TANEV GETS ALL THE POINTS — Cam Charron (@camcharron) February 25, 2012
35 | Nucks Misconduct – Popular SB Nation Canucks blog.
I love you Calgary. Please never change. — Canucks Misconduct (@nucksmisconduct) November 14, 2011
36 | Canucks Hockey Blog - Canucks blog that’s been around just forever.
37 | Canucks Army – Canucks blog at the Nations Network. Cynical, stat-based, home of chance data. Seriously, these guys watch the game with protractors in hand.
38 | Head to the Net – Canucks blog. Dubious of advanced stats.
39 | Dmitri Filipovic – Creator of So You’re an Expert, blogger at Canucks Army, star podcaster.
Wherever Shane Doan winds up signing, it should be a one-year deal. This was so fun, that we should do it again next year. — Dimitri Filipovic (@SoYoureAnExpert) September 14, 2012
40 | Smug Nation - Canucks blog on the way up. Home to photoshops and silliness.
— Smug Nation (@Smug_Nation) April 2, 2012
41 | Tyson Giuriato – Quality source for Canucks prospect information.
One observation from Canucks development camp, 2nd rounder Alexandre Mallet looks good out there. Strong on the puck and drives the net hard
— Tyson Giuriato(@TysonGiuriato) June 30, 2012
42 | Marda Miller - Interactive Canucks fan, longtime Alex Burrows fangirl, occasional blogger at Canucks Army.
Kesler is the new Laser Sword. — Burrows Girl (@BurrowsGirl) November 5, 2011
43 | Gay Canuck – Interactive Canucks fan, blogger at Puck Buddys, top-notch photoshopper.
I’m thinking about changing my Twitter name to HappyCanuck because everyone thinks I’m gay. — GayCanuck (@GayCanuck) May 18, 2012
44 | Taj – Extremely interactive Canucks fan, uncanny ability to ask the right questions and get new information out of hockey personalities on Twitter.
Doan will regret this when we win our 3rd straight Presidents’ Trophy.
— Taj (@taj1944) September 14, 2012
45 | Alix Wright – Interactive Canucks fan, occasional hilarious blogger, has an angry giraffe for an avatar.
I’ve watched it a few times now. Still not sure how Danny got kicked out for being a punching bag. Sorry refs was he not smiling?
— Alix (@alixiswright37) June 14, 2011
46 | Beantown Canuck – Extremely interactive Canucks fan from Boston. We assume. Occasionally blogs at Nucks Misconduct.
I’m kind of annoyed that Booth scored because now no one’s talking about Raymond falling with the for absolutely no reason 10 secs earlier. — Beantown Canuck (@BeantownCanuck) March 15, 2012
47 | Ian - Extremely interactive Canucks fan. Maybe the most interactive Canucks fan. Aggressive re-tweeter and humour-monger.
Luongo is top-10 in ESSV% every year and has a cap hit of 5.33. Yet that’s “unmanageable” lehtonen… Well anyways — Ian (@SirCanuckles) September 14, 2012
48 | Grainne – Interactive Canucks fan, gateway to the terrifying underworld of Canuck fans on Tumblr.
My mum texted me “Kesler?” and I responded “Yesler” and she was just like no and changed the subject cool mum
— Grainne(@KeithMallard) September 14, 2012
49 | Schneider’s Teeth – Extremely interactive Canucks fan, grammar nazi.
“I would never say never. You never know.” – Roberto Luongo, massive hypocrite.
— Schneider’s Teeth (@SchneidersTeeth) July 6, 2012
50 | Pass it to Bulis – Two studs.
I’m no coach but the #Canucks should try, like, playing better.
— Pass it to Bulis (@passittobulis) November 4, 2011
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