We won’t know until next Wednesday whether finalist Taylor Hall receives the Hart Trophy for his dominant performance in 2017-18, but he’s already got one MVP award wrapped up thanks to his elite social media skills. The New Jersey Devils winger was recognized by hockey fans for his excellent Twitter game in the NHL Fan Choice Awards, a just-for-fun social media campaign that handed out awards for some of the best hockey player highlights away from the rink.
The award for top tweet — “To the player who dug deep and gave 110 per cent to this post” — as voted by fans, went to Hall’s hilarious shoutout to Selena Gomez after the singer was spotted wearing his No. 9 Devils sweater while out with Justin Bieber.
Sup Selena? https://t.co/Ax0b6mUYgH
— Taylor Hall (@hallsy09) November 2, 2017
Selena Gomez Wears Justin Bieber’s Hockey Jersey https://t.co/3xIQLDp53Y
— TMZ (@TMZ) November 2, 2017
If there was a “most improved” category, our money would be on Hall for that one too.
At one point in my life I thought this was a good thing to tweet https://t.co/khmxe8aHBE
— Taylor Hall (@hallsy09) May 17, 2018
Failed my boaters licence again. I’m a joke I just want my licence
— Taylor Hall (@hallsy09) June 22, 2011
Other categories include best hockey smile (just guess who that one went to…), favourite bromance, heartthrob and best Instagram account. See the full results here. But in the meantime, here are a few highlights:
Brad Marchand, known for getting under his opponents’ skin during games, can also deliver a decent dig via Twitter. He took home the “social agitator” award for best chirper.
Now we just need one for you … jk don’t hurt me
— Brad Marchand (@Bmarch63) February 11, 2018
We suspect tweets like these also contributed to the Twitter title:
A lot of angry people… you’re acting like I took something from you ……
— Brad Marchand (@Bmarch63) April 6, 2018
Funny…throwing shade when you were out of the playoff race since October
— Brad Marchand (@Bmarch63) May 7, 2018
Might we have a big pupset on our hands in the best dog category? Marc-Edouard Vlasic and his cute crew are a 13/10 fan favourite, but it’s underdogs Harvey and Charlie Giroux, roommates of Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who won the award.
Let’s go Flyers #doesthisjerseymakemybuttlookbig #gameday #alsoneedahaircut #fluffyfamily #flyersfamily
1,258 Likes, 29 Comments – Harvey and Charlie Giroux (@harvandcharlie) on Instagram: “Let’s go Flyers #doesthisjerseymakemybuttlookbig #gameday #alsoneedahaircut #fluffyfamily…”
Their Instagram account is filled with gems like this:
Quick jaunt to gramma’s for dinner!
1,034 Likes, 48 Comments – Harvey and Charlie Giroux (@harvandcharlie) on Instagram: “Quick jaunt to gramma’s for dinner! “
As for the best overall Instagram account, that honour went to Erik Karlsson, whose …read more