Twitter. The land of opinions spread across 140 characters. A platform where discussing ties can get you a feature on ESPN.
And between the jokes and misunderstandings, there is a place that sees breaking news, humanizing players, reporters and teams alike, creativity, uniqueness, and a place where college hockey discussions thrive.
If you're reading this, there's a good chance you are on Twitter and already have some college hockey follows. Hopefully we're one of them. Whether it is a team, a beat writer that covers the school you went or your favorite personality, this list isn't here to change your mind as we enter the final month of the college hockey regular season.
For example, there is no bigger advocate for college hockey than Sportscenter host and occasional ESPN commentator John Buccigross. Everyone knows who he is with a quarter of a million followers and a large platform.
Instead, this list is hopefully complementary to the ones that are already known. This list points out the Gopher Hockey Stats account (1,164 followers) which discusses stats and shot charts instead of the official Gopher Hockey account (49K) that has more followers than any other team in college hockey. UND SiD Jayson Hajdu (3.8K) instead of the official North Dakota account (23.6K). Writers instead of USCHO, College Hockey News or even SB Nation College Hockey.
There's a wide variation here throughout college hockey. Some of the accounts are better known while we hope you find a few you've never heard.
A few disclaimers:
1. These are in no particular order except for Dartmouth and Eichel. All follower counts are from February 4-8.
2. With a couple exceptions, the main criteria for this was being as specific to college hockey as possible, interest and interaction. There are many places to get NHL updates. This isn't one. The less NHL discussion, the better.
3. Like the NHL list Sportsnet made that serves as inspiration, we're excluding beat writers. That's not to say we don't like beat writers. We love beat writers. Some of my best friends are beat writers. They are amazing.
But you should be following them already. If you're a North Dakota fan and not following Brad Schlossman, or a Union fan and not following Ken Schott, or a Bemidji State fan and not following Jack Hittinger, or a Providence fan not following Mark Divver, or a CC fan not following Joe Paisley, or a Buffalo-area fan not following Amy Moritz, or .. have to stop before naming them all.The point remains. Once again, this list is the follower layers built upon the beat writer foundation.
3a. We did make a couple exceptions for teams.
4. Let's get this out of the way. Several people on this list are from SB Nation sites on a list that is made at SB Nation College Hockey. A couple are SBN colleagues. There's some bias being around them, but they are great at what they bring to coverage. It's why they write here. (And as further disclosure I've written or have written for people who run and write for every major college hockey site.)
On the other side, at least two people on this list have blocked us on Twitter. Awkward...
5. It was hard to limit this to 59. Very hard. Even I didn't even make my own list.
6. No disrespect meant to anyone excluded except for the account(s) you'll let us know about in the comments.
Dartmouth Men's Hockey (@Dartmouth_MIH)
The first must-follow account which comes to mind for most. Come for the ECAC Big Green. Stay for NHL 94 photoshops, commentary and GIFs.
UVM scored again as Opperman came out of the box. 4-1 now. pic.twitter.com/8JcpTRpsB6— Dartmouth Hockey (@Dartmouth_MIH) January 11, 2015
College Hockey Ranked (@chranked)
Jim Dahl breaks down Pairwise situations and what-if situations. A must for March.
Jon Gillies (@JGillies32)
Nicole Haase (@NicoleHaase)
Covers Wisconsin women's hockey for Bucky's Fifth Quarter.
College Hockey, Inc. (@collegehockey)
Promotional arm for college hockey. Up there in the Nate Power Rankings. Infographic wizards.
We've got a great group assembled for an event later this week in Toronto - a huge hotbed of NCAA talent. pic.twitter.com/A0xZrMamJc— College Hockey, Inc. (@collegehockey) September 24, 2014
Joshua Kummins (@joshuakummins)
Hockey East writer. SBN's young gun. Future reality show music judge.
BC student section a capella needs serious work. NU's "Stacy's Mom" running away with that crown now. #HockeyEast— Joshua Kummins (@JoshuaKummins) January 25, 2015
The NCHC (@TheNCHC)
College hockey conference which puts the "social" in social media.
Church of Dufour (@churchofdufour)
Bowling Green's newest religion centers around puck and leading goal scorer sophomore Kevin Dufour.
Nick Oliver (@OliWagon27)
St. Cloud State senior forward and Nashville Predators draft pick. Currently on a Jeter-esque farewell tour.
Jashvina Shah (@icehockeystick)
College hockey jack-of-all-trades. Princeton, Big Ten for CHN, features and Vines.
Derek Schooley (@derekschooley)
Robert Morris' only head coach. St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Jeff Cox (@jeffcoxsports)
If a game is somewhere in the Northeast there's a good chance Jeff is at it.
No player has come on since beginning of yr like Alex Tuch. Big w/ explosive burst. He's climbing way up my list of top pro prospects in HE.— Jeff Cox (@JeffCoxSports) January 17, 2015
Over the Boards (@OTBPuckWatch)
Jasper and his band of scouts give context to the ins and out of college recruiting.
96 F Connor Sodergren (St. Paul's) commits to Army. Prep veteran is a versatile 6'1 F who produces at both ends. Nice look for West Point.— Over The Boards (@OTBPuckWatch) January 11, 2015
Children of Yost (@ChildrenofYost)
University of Michigan student section and Tinder trolling aficionados.
Chris Dilks (@chrisdilks)
Managing Editor of SB Nation College Hockey. Pretty Big Deal. [Sarcastic comment redacted]
Social media has allowed a look into the locker room and build-up process to a game. There are several equipment managers with accounts that peel back the curtain, including Notre Dame's David Gilbert.
Time to grind. pic.twitter.com/YcH7l9Nkkp— Gilly (@NDhockeysk8guy) November 20, 2014
The Brotherhood (@MiamiOH_Hockey)
Miami's account both celebrates the history of the team by regularly updating alums in the NHL and, much like Mickey Mouse pancakes, has a sense of humor to not take itself too seriously.
We got everyone to hold still long enough for our 2014-15 team photo! pic.twitter.com/kZ3gAZBqbj— The Brotherhood (@MiamiOH_Hockey) January 15, 2015
Bruce Ciskie (@BruceCiskie)
Minnesota-Duluth radio play-by-play voice, writer, frequent tweeter and poll giver
NCHC Preseason Poll and All-Conference Teams Announced http://t.co/tFH2P1ZsDH -- The Ciskie Blog— Bruce Ciskie (@BruceCiskie) September 25, 2014
Melissa Wade (@hockeyphotos)
As the handle says, hockey photographer with fantastic college hockey photos.
Justin Emerson (@J15Emerson)
House of Sparky writer bringing college hockey's 60th and newest team to light.
Union Hockey Blog (@UnionHockeyBlog)
Blog with outstanding coverage of the defending national champions.
BTN TV Hockey Crew (@BTNHockey)
Pretty much all the B1G stuff you don't get on television: TV highlights of Big Ten hockey games mixed with a weekly 5-10 minute discussion show.
Andy Johnson (@AndyJohnsonB5Q)
Wisconsin hockey writer who doubles on the side of scouting. Mixture of breaking news, Badgers info and Wisconsin sports fandom. Chuck Schwartz can't hold a candle.
Puke city— Andy Johnson (@AndyJohnsonB5Q) January 18, 2015
David Johnstone (@MrDUHvid15)
Senior Michigan Tech forward. Will use movie references.
Mike Eidelbes (@INCH)
We do miss Inside College Hockey. The good news is that most of the supporting cast is still around in other forms and on Twitter, including Mike Eidelbes.
Nate Leaman (@CoachLeaman)
Providence's head coach's account keeps up with official goings-on with the Friars. Plus in addition to having a great first name he once did a press conference with a baby on his lap. Lifetime follow worthy.
Got my first look at the PC men's Bb team. Love their size and toughness on defense. Good luck this year. #gofriars— Nate Leaman (@CoachLeaman) November 29, 2014
Josh Seguin (@joshseguin24)
College Hockey News' ECAC senior writer. Not afraid to say no to Big Corsi.
Jayson Moy (@JaysonMoyUSCHO)
USCHO's "bracketologist" and the only person who has successfully predicted the last 4 NCAA Tournaments.
CJ Fogler (@cjzero)
One of the only, if not the only, GIFer who will get screenshots and video of college hockey. If it weren't for the fact I once met him I'd think he was a robot given the output.
Wisconsin hockey's season so far in one screencap pic.twitter.com/YyTS1Rdq9I— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) January 17, 2015
Hockey Commitments (@hockeycommits)
A one-stop shop on Twitter for college hockey commitments.
Tyler Inamoto (Shattuck St. Mary's U16) has committed to the University of Wisconsin for 2017-2018 @BadgerMHockey— Hockey Commitments (@hockeycommits) January 13, 2015
Alex Carpenter (@carpy05)
Redshirt junior forward for the current #1 women's hockey Boston College Eagles. Nation's leading scorer. 2014 Olympian with Team USA. Dreamer.
Patiently waiting for the day that players can design their helmets like goalies do #onecandream— Alex Carpenter (@carpy05) January 7, 2015
Matt Dewkett (@MDewkettPhoto)
College Hockey Photographer. Freelance sports photographer. Photographer.
Mike McMahon (@mikemcmahonCHN)
Merrimack beat writer, recruiting writer for CHN and MMA fan/writer
So ... about Alexander Gustafsson wanting an automatic title shot? #UFConFox14— Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonCHN) January 25, 2015
Dave Starman (@DStarmanHockey)
Announcer. Writer. Invaluable USA Hockey resource from the WJC to the Draft and anywhere in between.
Hey Red, 800 wins, Team Starman salutes you and your remarkable career at @umichhockey. Proud to call you a friend. Wishing you many more— Dave Starman (@DStarmanHockey) January 13, 2015
At Even Strength (@atevenstrength)
Women's college hockey aggregate, original pieces on WCHA and CHA.
WCHA Week In Review: Wisconsin and Bemidji Split; Gophers, Bulldogs, UND Sweep http://t.co/CdpLriG7az— At Even Strength (@atevenstrength) January 21, 2015
Sioux Tradition (@SiouxTradition)
Fitting name. Observing the past, present and future of North Dakota hockey. Great with UND recruiting updates.
Kyle Rau (@kylerau)
University of Minnesota captain has yet to tweet. Get in on the ground floor.
Eastern Bias (@easternbias)
There are many great college hockey podcasts. This is one if you're wondering how things are going inside New England. (Partially from the Boston College SB Nation site BC Interruption.)
The Seahawks are in the Pacific Time Zone. You do the math on who Eastern Bias is rooting for in the Super Bowl.— Eastern Bias (@easternbias) January 19, 2015
Joel Gehringer (@joel_gehringer)
Stats-based work primarily focusing on the NCHC.
Gopher Puck Live (@gopherpucklive)
Message board. Podcasters. Occasionally insiders or selling lofts like Craigslist.
Matt Christians (@matt_christians)
Writer. Photographer. If you have visited this site, you have seen Matt's photos and photoshop work.
Damon Whitten (@DWhitt14)
First-year Lake Superior State head coach. Outside the box trophy thinker.
Without A Peer (@without_a_peer)
Covering RPI hockey "with a twist of lemon." Knows history.
Confronted by a Union fan proud of his national championship shirt. Asked if I had one. Replied that we have two. 1/2— Without a Peer (@without_a_peer) January 25, 2015
Sam Anas (@samanas7)
Quinnipiac sophomore forward. Maestro on the ice. Sports philosopher.
2014-15 is the season that football brought back the crop tops #why— Sam Anas (@samanas7) January 13, 2015
Dan Parkhurst (@parkhurstdan)
New Hampshire/NBCSN announcer. Musician. Road Trip Enthusiast.
The 49th state's best college hockey parody account. If not on this list it would destroy us all. On a related note, can the Nanooks keep making these intro videos?
If it weren't for global warning, HOCKEYBEAR would still be frozen in ice and America's institutions of higher learning would be safe.— HOCKEYBEAR (@AKHockeyBear) January 21, 2015
Jeremy Summitt (@jeremysummitt)
Michigan Daily beat writer and Big Ten writer for Along The Boards.
WAFT Blog (@CornellWAFT)
Great coverage of the Cornell Big Red men's and women's teams. Not afraid to call out the casuals.
An open letter to the Lynah Faithless. An address to students who think Cornell plays but one game at Lynah Rink. http://t.co/iMDcRzmiJO— WAFT Blog (@CornellWAFT) January 29, 2015
Don Adam (@donadam7)
Referees are people too. NCHC Director of Officiating.
I think I was on that @Doritos flight this morning!— Don Adam (@DonAdam7) February 2, 2015
Kat Hasenauer (@sportsgirlkat)
Boston-based freelance writer. Inside Hockey East & ECAC podcaster.
Burning question: did any student section at the men's Beanpot have a Super Bowl left shark cutout/sign? I could see this being a thing.— Kat Hasenauer (@sportsgirlkat) February 4, 2015
Darin Pritchett (@IrishHockeyTalk)
Notre Dame hockey radio play-by-play
Watched replay of slash 20 times, Im blown away by decision. I just don't see how action leads to this punishment.— Darin Pritchett (@IrishHockeyTalk) January 29, 2015
Mary Clarke (@marycclarke)
Penn State men's and women's hockey coverage for a plethora of sites with Doctor Who hot takes for good measure.
SPORTS— Mary Clarke (@marycclarke) February 2, 2015
Jeremy Dewar (@jeremy_dewar)
Michigan State hockey writer for The Only Colors. Goal setter.
I will not be upset at all the typos in recruit's tweets tomorrow. That's the goal— Jeremy Dewar (@Jeremy_Dewar) February 4, 2015
Kyle Hayton (@khayton1)
I'll be honest: The St. Lawrence freshman goalie and reigning ECAC rookie of the month is on this list for the below tweet and bringing back the Mile High Salute. (Hayton is a Denver native.)
Mark Majewski (@markmajewski)
Boston College hockey SID and, as bestowed once before on this list, an infographic wizard. 1994 Junior Goodwill Games historian.
Ryan Evans (@ryanmevans)
WCHA writer for CHN and SB Nation College Hockey contributer. Still around despite being a Wisconsin alum and Buffalo Sabres fan.
Sports are bad #BanSports— Ryan Evans (@ryanmevans) January 18, 2015
Candace Horgan (@candacehorgan)
USCHO.com NCHC and women's hockey writer. Photographer.
Tim Adams (@t_j_adams)
Ohio State equipment manager.
Jack Eichel (@Jack_Eichel11)
Okay Eichel isn't the most interesting person to follow like some of the other hockey players on this list. People know who the future NHL superstar is. In fact more people follow him than almost everyone on this list. But you only have so much longer to follow the Boston University freshman/future NHL superstar in college.
Beanpot.— Jack Eichel (@Jack_Eichel11) February 3, 2015
Miss a must follow? Let us know in the comments.