There Will Be No Tweeting on Dry Island

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What would you do if you were stuck on an island with no alcohol or social media? Presumably, be more focused on hockey, at least according to Paul Holmgren.

Perhaps because of this, this, or this, the Flyers have decided to outlaw Tweeting during "business hours" (HBO cameras are OK, however). The quotes via Wayne Fish of Philly Burbs:

While the National Hockey League has yet to set a policy regarding social media — leaving such rules and regulations to individual teams — the Flyers are going to make it clear to their players that tweeting and texting during “business hours’’ will be out of bounds.

Prospect Zac Rinaldo learned this the hard way.

The other day he tweeted that he would not be playing in Thursday’s rookie scrimmage against the Washington Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center.

Not a good idea, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

“Zac got in trouble,’’ Holmgren explained on Tuesday at the Skate Zone. “That’s team business. But a lot of time, they don’t know. We’ll set the record straight.’’

“We will have something in place when we get to our opening meeting on Friday,’’ Holmgren said. “Those things will be addressed with our players.’’


Perhaps Lavs will have every player sign their name on a white board to pledge their abstinence from Tweets like this… [full picture here]

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… for that, we should all be grateful.

Of course, “business hours” is a fuzzy term. I’d imagine that means “when arriving at rink,” but we don’t know for sure. Hockey isn’t really a sport conducive to in or near-game Tweeting, anyway. Players have two locker rooms: one with personal effects, phones, clothes and such, and another (where they put on their equipment on) that smells like, well, a hockey locker room.

[Related: Earlier this summer, Jimmy Rollins became the first Phillie ever to Tweet an injury update before it was announced by the team]

Fish also reported that Holmgren said the Flyers are not close to naming a captain. Of course, Homer isn’t always truthful with these things. NHL 12 and Chinese retailers, however, seem to have taken it upon themselves to name Chris Pronger captain. Photos after the jump.

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Thanks to Perry and Joe for the images


14 Responses

  1. thats absurd. i understand to a degree, telling players what they can and cannot tweet, but as a fan, i kinda like zac rinaldo and would like to see him and see him succeed. i’m going to the rookie game and i was slightly disappointed he wasnt playing.. but when would i have found out, known, taht he wasnt playing. maybe holmgren would have put out a presser, prob, to inform whos playing and what not, but i dont see the HUUUUGGGE deal that he ‘got in trouble’ i love reading jvr and matty carles tweets. as a fan, it puts them back on your level where you realize they’re just people too who have really cool jobs and are in the spotlight. no one needs to see shelley’s ass, so confinement of those tweets is fine by me. but to what degree are they gonna come down hard on these guys?? thatsss my problem with it 🙂

  2. Homer, Lavs, and Snider have all gone bat-shit crazy. Dry Island and this Twitter ban thing are both detrimental to the team in that if you make playing for the Flyers as not-fun as possible, you are going to see a decline in the level of play. Nobody plays better when they hate the organization they play for.

  3. On a semi related note I got NHL12 yesterday and the ratings in it are bullshit as always. We finally get a legit #1 goalie and the team goalie rating is 85. Bryzgalov’s rating is only an 87 while Bobrovsky has an 85. WTF! I swear fucking EA has it out for philly teams. It pisses me off to the point where I hate playing the damn games.

  4. OMG!!!! I heard that any new players are forbidden to live in Philly and now they’re telling them they can’t tweet…for cryin out loud it’s turning into Snider the dick boot camp!!!! Who the hell would want to come to this team????

  5. I was waiting for this post.
    Tweeting is stupid anyway. It’s for insecure 20-somethings to delude themselves into thinking how important they are.

  6. It’s just the plain simple fact that there grown-as$ men, being told what they can and can’t do,F&cked-up is what it is! Glad Richards and Carter did get traded….now if they could just trade SNIDER!!!!

  7. What a heart warming and inspiring story. It brought tears to my eyes. Design Gives Back is an awesome organization and Kelee is an amazing woman for sharing these stories with us. It is so great how they have helped this wonderful family and others. I know this effort will bring strength and comfort to Charlie and the entire Grady family.

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