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NHL 142 43 Best NHL players on Twitter 30074685 What a tweet What+a+tweet NHL

It’s the dog days of summer, and you can’t follow your favorite NHL players on the ice. But thanks to the rise of social media, that doesn’t mean you can’t follow them off it. In reverse order, here are the best active NHLers to follow on Twitter (and thanks to Buffalo resident Shannon Fisher, @ShanV11, for the idea). — Adam Proteau, The Hockey News

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NHL 142 43 Best NHL players on Twitter 30082096 Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2Point0) Paul+Bissonnette+%28%40BizNasty2Point0%29 NHL

The "Don" Vito Corleone of hockey players on Twitter, BizNasty can get a bit raunchy, but he’s a good-natured dude and knows his role online and on the ice. Sample tweet: “If you wear sunglasses in a club, you're a loser.”

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NHL 142 43 Best NHL players on Twitter 30083050 Logan Couture (@Logancouture) Logan+Couture+%28%40Logancouture%29 NHL

Arguably the most talented player on this list, Couture is mature beyond his years and clearly is having fun in the Twitter world. Sample tweet: “Trying to find footage of @jamalmayers first NHL goal. Did they have cameras back in 98-99? If so, is it black and white?”

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NHL 142 43 Best NHL players on Twitter 30082095 Ryan Whitney (@RyanWhitney6) Ryan+Whitney+%28%40RyanWhitney6%29 NHL

The Edmonton Oilers D-man has something to say about sports and entertainment issues and doesn’t care who knows it. Sample tweet: “I can't believe the Patriots traded for possibly the laziest, biggest idiot in pro sports. Albert Haynesworth is a slob.”

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NHL 142 43 Best NHL players on Twitter 30083049 Joffrey Lupul (@JLupul) Joffrey+Lupul+%28%40JLupul%29 NHL

One of the more well-traveled names on this list, Lupul is more intelligent than the average NHLer and is as passionate about music and other sports as he is about hockey. Sample tweet: “Foster The People or Eddie Vedder tonight?? Tough call.”

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NHL 142 43 Best NHL players on Twitter 30082092 David Perron (@DP_57) David+Perron+%28%40DP_57%29 NHL

Perron was plagued with a concussion for most of last season but remains one of the brightest young talented players in the league. He doesn’t mind making his opinions known. Sample tweet: “For those who say Kovalev didn't care, you are NOT born with skills and finesse like that, you work at it, and he sure did!!!”

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NHL 142 43 Best NHL players on Twitter 30082093 George Parros (@Stache16) George+Parros+%28%40Stache16%29 NHL

The Ducks enforcer and Princeton graduate is anything but a lunkhead. He proves it with tweets that range from hilarious to philosophical. Sample tweet: “All of my contemporaries are at the ESPYs tonight while I am subbing in an adult kickball game...I gotta score more goals”

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NHL 142 43 Best NHL players on Twitter 30082094 Dustin Brown (@DustinBrown23) Dustin+Brown+%28%40DustinBrown23%29 NHL

Brown isn’t just the captain of the Los Angeles Kings and one of the league’s hardest, cleanest hitters. He’s also a dedicated Twitter user and a hugely charitable guy who cares about more than just hockey (including his work with the “Make My Day Mondays” initiative.) Sample tweet: “Going to buy some tickets for soldiers to Thursday's game. Join me in #mmdm lakings.com/seatsforsoldiers”

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NHL 142 43 Best NHL players on Twitter 30082091 Bobby Ryan (@B_Ryan9) Bobby+Ryan+%28%40B_Ryan9%29 NHL

The Anaheim Ducks' star right winger is usually fun-loving and polite to people with whom he interacts. But he’s not above answering his critics or giving a former teammate the business. Sample tweet (to his fellow professional player buddy): “You look like a scarecrow and a condor mated.”

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NHL 142 43 Best NHL players on Twitter 30082089 Ryan Jones (@jonesry28) Ryan+Jones+%28%40jonesry28%29 NHL

The Edmonton Oilers left winger had a breakout season in 2010-11 with 18 goals, but he’s also becoming famous for his humorous, mostly friendly tweets. Sample tweet: “I love the response I got from fans for sayin I don’t like the Nucks. Am I supposed to like the teams I play against? #urnotspecialitsallteams”

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NHL 142 43 Best NHL players on Twitter 30082090 Mike Commodore (@Commie22) Mike+Commodore+%28%40Commie22%29 NHL

After spending the majority of last season in the American Hockey League, Commodore is back in the NHL with Detroit. He’s as self-deprecating, honest and funny as anyone in the game. Sample tweet: “(I)t’s confirmed…(Chris) Bosh was crying in the hallway...wow. I know losing in the finals sucks but keep it together till no cameras around.”

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